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[Photos] Here's What Hanoi Looked Like In 1905

During the French colonial period, Tonkin, or Đàng Ngoài, was the name given to northern Vietnam. Situated in and around the Red River Delta, the word 'Tonkin' is a corruption of Đông Kinh, the name o...

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[Maps] A Brief Cartographical History of Hanoi From 1873-1936

How was Hanoi in the late 19th century different from its current state?

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[Video] Travel Back to 1902 Hanoi With This Rare Footage

Today, Hanoi's traffic is a force with which to be reckoned. But while the motorbikes, SUVs and public buses of the present create pandemonium in the capital's Old Quarter, the area around Dong Xuan M...

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[Photos] On the 1990s Tourist Trail in Hanoi

Packed with traffic, skyscrapers and a growing number of four-wheeled vehicles, today's Hanoi is a world apart from its 1990s incarnation.

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[Photos] Take a Walk Through the Streets of Old Hanoi

At the turn of the 20th century, people often referred to the Vietnamese capital as “the 36 streets of Hanoi.” Most of these 36 streets lie in today’s Old Quarter and still retain names that reflect t...

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[Photos] A Visit to Hanoi's 1,000-Year-Old Taoist Temple

Once known as Tran Vu Temple, Quan Thanh Temple is a Taoist temple situated near West Lake in Hanoi.

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20 Images of Hanoi's Old Quarter in 1896

Even as Hanoi charges into the future with flashy new skyscrapers and brand-new metro lines, the capital manages to hang on to its traditions. Particularly in busy downtown neighborhoods like the Old ...

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[Photos] Raymond Depardon's 1992 Vietnam: The Many Faces of Hanoi

After his Saigon trip in 1972, famed French photographer Raymond Depardon returned in 1992 to traverse the length of Vietnam.

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The Great Hanoi Rat Massacre: The Capital's Brief Stint With the Plague

France left a diverse legacy in Indochina: colonial buildings, flushing toilets and even the bubonic plague.

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[Photos] The Rustic Beauty of Hanoi's Red River Brick Factories

Living in a city as culturally rich and absorbing as Hanoi, it’s not unusual to discover new secrets in a place you thought you knew completely. The depth of the capital really is astounding. And yet,...

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[Photos] A Rare Glimpse of Life in Hanoi in 1959

It’s hard to imagine what life was like in a motorbike-free Hanoi.

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[Video] Take a Stroll on Hanoi Streets in 1974

Thanks to an influx of tourists, video montages and photo collections of Saigon from previous decades are not hard to come by, but visual recordings of Hanoi are few and far between.

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The Story of Hanoi’s Statue of Liberty

Though New York City claims the most famous rendition of Lady Liberty, in the late 19th century, numerous cities around the globe built or received their own versions of the Statue of Liberty, includi...

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Street Cred: Ly Thai To, the Emperor Who Created Hanoi

Ly Thai To – founder of the Later Ly dynasty, Vietnam’s first stable empire – is one of Vietnam’s most important historical figures, so it’s no surprise that his name appears on road names and his sta...

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[Photos] The 1920s Students of Hanoi’s Indochina University

In Vietnam, “người không học như ngọc không mài” – an uneducated person is like an unpolished gem. From the founding of Ly Nhan Tong’s Quoc Tu Giam in 1076 to the 14th-century Confucian wisdom of Chu ...

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Drone Video Reveals The True Epicness Of Hanoi’s Long Biên Bridge

Long Biên Bridge is one of Vietnam’s most iconic structures for a reason. Not only is it an amazing feat of engineering, it’s also huge. Categorically huge.

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[Photos] A Black-and-White Look Into Saigon and Hanoi in 1890

Vietnam’s swift pace of development might render a neighborhood unrecognizable in the span of just a few months. Thus, imagine how much change could occur in local metropolises over the duration of mo...

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The History of Hanoi's Lost Tramway Network

When they first drew up plans for a citywide tramway network in 1894, it seemed as though the Hanoi authorities would follow Saigon’s example by opting for steam traction. Yet, by the time government ...

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[Photos] Tet Trung Thu Celebrations in Old Hanoi

Mid-Autumn Festival is one of the most important dates on the lunar calenda and, in recent years, many younger people have shown a renewed interest in the holiday’s traditions.