An interactive treasure hunt in the heart of Hanoi


★ Hanoi from a different angle! ★



Halfway between a life-sized investigation, an original city-tour and a treasure hunt, Urban Tales Hanoi invites you to follow in the footsteps of a colonial archaeologist in search of a lost imperial seal.

This 1/2 day excursion has been especially designed for independent travellers willing to discover the city by themselves. The scenario will lead visitors to some of Hanoi best kept secrets: century-old temples and pagodas, traditional shops and hidden lanes.

Urban Tales is also a formidable chance to meet locals who will interact with you all along this scripted walking tour to bring you additional clues and help you solve the mystery of the Seal of the Emperor. 

Explore Hanoi old quarter at your own pace and experience the city differently!

Follow in the footsteps of a colonial archaeologist and Investigate!

Last week an auction sale took place at the National Museum of Vietnamese History in Hanoi. Among other items an old lot dating back from the Indochinese period was sold.

The pile of documents used to belong to a French archaeologist named Jean Caro, who lived in Hanoi until his death in 1951. He was a member of the Archaeological Society of Indochina. The pile of documents has little interest except for one letter that Jean Caro seems to have written the day prior to his death and which clearly mentions the Seal of Emperor Lý Thái Tổ, a mythical artefact that local people hold in high regard…


Would you be able to follow the archeologist notes and locate the lost Imperial Seal?

Jean Caro

Jean Caro

Time frame

Daily departures from 8:30AM to 12:30PM, depending on availability, from Hanoi old quarter.

Approximate duration of the game: 3 to 4h.