St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi | Mass times, entrance fee

If Ho Chi Minh City has Notre Dame Cathedral, Hanoi has St Joseph Cathedral or Vietnamese call Nhà Thờ Lớn this is the oldest Cathedral in Hanoi. It is not only a place of worship for Catholics and also a destination must-visit in Hanoi for many travelers with ancient and majestic architecture.


1. Basic Information of the St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi

1.1. St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi Mass Schedule – Opening hours

Address: No.40 Nha Chung street, Hoan Kiem district, Hanoi.
For outside visit: all time
For inside visit: visitors can only enter St. Joseph's Cathedral in Hanoi in the opening time of ceremonial practice as the following schedule:
Weekday: 5.30 pm and 6.15 pm.
Saturday: 6 pm.
Sunday: 5am, 7am, 9am, 11am, 4pm, 6pm, and 8pm.
A special ceremony is on March 19th every year.

1.2. St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi entrance fee and dress code

Visitors do not need to pay any things to enter
Visitors should wear formal clothes while inside. If visiting outside, casual clothes are recommended for suitable.

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This is a particular destination, attracting locals and visitors. The neighborhood around the church has been a familiar gathering spot for young people and tourists every day, especially on weekends. Just find a place to have a seat, enjoy a drink while watching the ancient church. Visitors can also feel very comfortable.

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In front of St-Josephs Cathedral Hanoi

The students at nearby schools also gather to play soccer and play in front of the church. Many couples often choose the place around the church to get married, dating or taking wedding photography outside.

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A couple holds a wedding ceremony inside


2. History and Architecture of St Joseph Cathedral Hanoi

2.1. History

The land used to build was belong Bao Thien pagoda, one of the most important pagodas in Hanoi since the 10th century. TheThe French colonial destroys and built Cathedral from 1884 -1888.
In the beginning, this place is very deserted. Then, in 1890 they opened the new road directly to Hoan Kiem Lake, which became a favorable and essential position in the city.

2.2. Architecture

The Cathedral has architecture with domes and colorful window glasses following the Neo-Gothic style and design of Paris Cathedral.
The length is 64.5m, a width of 20.5m, and two bell towers 31.5m high with large stone pillars weighing four corners. On the top is a stone cross.
From the outside, it looks ancient, with layers of changed lime and a moss-covered roof. However, visitors will be surprised to see the magnificent and magnificent architectural features that have not been changed over time when entering the large door inside.
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3. Local tips

On Christmas Eve: St. Joseph's Cathedral is decorated beautifully with a lot of activities that visitors can join and take photos of on this particular occasion
Should bring a camera or smartphone to get the lovely photos
Have a cup of Egg coffee, or tea and enjoy the view is a great experience.

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Hoan Nguyen


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My name is Hoan and I come from Hanoi, with more than 10 years working in the tourism industry (both as a tour guide then tour operator). I am very proud to say that I can give you the best advice for your trip to beautiful Vietnam.

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