Urbanist Hanoi

[Photos] The Many Faces of 1950s Vietnam

In this collection of black-and-white snapshots, a famed French photographer finds beauty in tumultuous 1950s Vietnam.

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[Photos] Striking Color Images Portray Daily Life in Hanoi 100 Years Ago

Old black-and-white photos of Hanoi sometimes feel like relics of a long-lost past. Monochrome photography often forces the viewer to use their imagination and fill in the blanks, yet these candid color images of daily life in the capital 100 years ago feel significantly more vivid and close. 

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The Hanoian Family Tracing 700 Years of Ancestral History

There’s a certain air of intrigue one feels upon entering one of Hanoi’s many labyrinthine alleyways. Anything could be around the corner: a raucous market, a hair salon or a nhà nghỉ. These areas provide much of the city’s vibrancy, and with thousands of lives playing out in close proximity, you never know who you might run into, or what stories they may have to tell.  

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[Photos] An Idiosyncratic Car Parade in 1920s Hanoi

Street festivals have come a long way since the endearing car parades of early 1900s Indochina. 

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[Photos] An Exploration Into Vietnam's History Through Black-and-White Portraiture

From inside aristocratic mansions to the austere fields of rural Vietnam, black-and-white portraiture has never looked so filled with life and stories.

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Street Cred: Chu Van An, Vietnam's Educator Extraordinaire

This week’s Street Cred brings you the story of one of Vietnam's most beloved educators, Chu Van An.

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[Photos] 18 Rare Photos of Northern and Central Vietnam in the Late 19th Century

During the 19th century, postcards were one of the most popular forms of media that connected Vietnam with the rest of the world.

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Street Cred: Nguyen Du, Father of Vietnamese Literature

Even if you’re in need of a refresher on Vietnamese history, you may already know the name Nguyen Du. The 19th-century statesman and poet is often known as the father of Vietnamese literature, and his epic poem Truyen Kieu is easily the country’s most famous work.

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[Video] Vintage Home Movie Takes You Through the Streets of 1950s Hanoi

Beginning with a delightfully kitsch, Star Wars-esque, rolling text introduction explaining how the clip was filmed during Tet in the early 1950s, the footage quickly shifts to grainy, quotidian footage from one Hanoi family over 60 years ago.

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[Photos] Family Albums Depict the Everyday Lives of Vietnamese People in the Late 1800s

Following last week’s photo essay on railway construction, this week’s images focus on the everyday lives of people in northern Vietnam. 

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[Photos] The Serene, Laid-Back Vibe of Hanoi in the Mid-1990s

Hanoi in the mid-1990s was a city of rich traditions and a laid-back lifestyle.

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