Hunt for stamps of French architecture in Hanoi
The Hanoitimes - Amid the continuous development of Hanoi, the French architecture hallmark stands still as a witness for a long history which contributes to Hanoi today.
1. Hanoi Opera house
This is an opera house in central Hanoi, Vietnam. It was erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911. An essential part of Hanoi’s thounsand-year-old history, Hanoi Opera House is without doubt one of the most famous cultural and architectural monuments of Hanoi.
2. Hanoi Big Church
St Joseph's Cathedral – or Hanoi Big Church located on Nha Tho street – Hanoi, the church was one of the first structures built by the French colonial government in Indochina when it opened in December 1886. It is the oldest church in Hanoi.
3. Long Bien bridge
Long Bien bridge is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiemand Long Bien of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam. It was originally called Paul Doumer Bridge.
4. Sofitel Metropol Hanoi
This hotel was built in 1901 by André Ducamp and Gustave-Émile Dumoutier. It is also the first 5-star hotel of Hanoi to honouredly welcome politicians, celebrities, etc.
5. Hanoi Moi Press Center
Located along Hoan Kiem lake, Hanoi Moi Press Center, formerly known as l’Avenir du Tonkin Press Center, was built in 1893 and featured by Art Nouveau style – one of the most popular style in French colonialism.
In the urban area of Hanoi, there is a range of magnificent French structures such as: the Governor of Indochina (now the Presidential Palace), Tonkin’s Palace (now the government Guest House), Bank of Indochina (now the State Bank of Vietnam), the Court (now the Supreme people’s court)…
Vietnam's presidential palace
By Ngoc Anh