Urbanist Hanoi

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[Photos] How Did Hanoians Enjoy Tết in 1955?

With Tết less than a month away, now is probably the time to ramp up shopping trips, cleaning tasks and home decoration efforts.

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[Photos] Black-and-White Shots of Hanoi Street Scenes From 1940

For thousands of years, streets have served a multitude of purposes.

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Street Cred: Pháo Đài Láng, Home of Ông Voi and Where the War Began

More often than not, a country’s independence is won with guns. The location where the first shots were fired for Vietnam is memorialized to this day.

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[Photos] What Life in Hanoi Was Like in the 1890s

Can you imagine daily life before electricity, light bulbs, plastics, refrigerators, antibiotics, automobiles and telephones?

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[Photos] Memories of 1973 Hanoi in 22 Film Photos

Taken by an unknown photographer working for the American Department of Defense, these crisp color images capture Hanoi’s 1973 street life on film. Have a look below.

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[Photos] A Hanoi in Transition, Over a Century Ago

Today, Hoan Kiem Lake has no lantern-lifting Statue of Liberty that people fish beside, Russian naval ships don't moor in the Red River, and nón lá hardly cover every head in the capital.

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[Photos] 1994 Hanoi in the Eyes of a Former Japan Ambassador to Vietnam

On a day like any other in November 1994, some Hanoians might have been curious about the fact that their shop front and daily routine were being photographed by a wandering Japanese man.

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[Photos] 18 Rare Black-and-White Photos of Northern Vietnam in the 1970s

What draws us towards the spectacle that is old photos?

Back Heritage

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[Photos] The Hustle and Bustle of Maritime Life in 1995 Quang Ninh

Just around 150 kilometers east of Hanoi, Quang Ninh Province is home to the world-famous heritage site Ha Long Bay and Vietnam’s largest coal reserves.

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[Photos] Saunter Across Hanoi's Old Quarter Streets in 1896

Being alive today means seeing such an abundance of photos that they can become meaningless, yet these shots of Hanoi’s Old Quarter invoke a feeling that’s hard to define.

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[Photos] On Hanoi’s Streets in 1979: Trams, Bicycles, Buffaloes and Peace

Postwar-era Vietnam was a time of moving forward, regeneration and establishing a new normalcy.

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Author Michael Vann on Hanoi's Infamous Colonial Rat Hunt

When facing a bubonic plague epidemic, is it wiser to delve into sewers and cull infected rats yourself or offer payment to Vietnamese for deliveries of severed tails instead? For Hanoi’s French colon...

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[Photos] Take a Ride on Da Lat's Lost Railway

In the early 20th century, although Da Lat was little more than a fledgling hill station, a Swiss-built railway connected the town to the coast. With Thap Cham as its final destination, this 84-kilome...

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[Photos] The Small-Town Placidity of Hue in 1966

Neat perpendicular lines of trees that make up the Imperial Palace grounds, the meandering Perfume River hugging central Hue, clusters of red-roofed houses like tiny Lego pieces scattered across a bed...

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[Photos] On the Cusp of a Tourism Boom, a Pristine Sapa of the 1920s

During the last decade of the 19th century, French colonists occupying northern Vietnam (then Tonkin) decided to conduct a census survey on the region’s ethnic minorities. The first convoys reached La...

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[Photos] A Child Wedding of Tay Ethnic Minority in Lao Cai in 1920s

The rare set of photos depict a wedding ceremony in the 1920s between young members of the ethnic minority Tay people in Bac Ha District of Lao Cai Province.

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[Photos] Vintage Tourism Posters Showcase Past Vietnam's Natural Landscapes

If you’ve never been to Vietnam before, would these colorful vintage poster entice you to book a ticket?

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[Photos] Striking Black-and-White Images of Hue's Imperial City in 1896

Just two weeks ago, we published some monochrome photos of Hue taken earlier this year. Yet in this series, we can browse another black-and-white selection of images from the city, this time from ...

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[Photos] One Photographer's Journey Through 1990 Vietnam

Life moves fast in Vietnam. What's here today may be gone tomorrow and, two years from now, replaced with a skyscraper or a hotel or a high-end shopping complex. Everywhere you turn, it seems, the cou...

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[Photos] 16 Rare Images of 1900s Vietnam as Part of French Indochina

In a mishmash of sketches and grainy photographs, Vietnam’s landscapes in the 1900s feels almost surreal.

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[Photos] Old Da Lat's Majestic Charm, Captured in a Series of Timeworn Postcards

In these postcards of early twentieth-century Da Lat, we see a town that’s a far cry from its modern, tourist-packed self: colonial houses line its hills, and barely a soul walks down the narrow footp...

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[Photos] The Ceremonial Tradition of a 1920s Hanoi Funeral

In Vietnam, there is a powerful sense of importance carried within the belief of life after death. This can be seen in the way family members create shrines and pray for those who have passed away, in...

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[Photos] Immerse in the Nostalgia of Tet Past With These Black-and-White Snapshots

It's Vietnamese New Year's Eve today, but before the meals, games and temple visits begin, let’s take a field trip back to old Vietnam to see how our ancestors celebrated the country's biggest an...

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[Video] Rare Footage Documents How Vietnam Celebrated Tet in 1950

In 2020, some age-old customs – such as lighting firecrackers or sending Tet cards – have slowly become obsolete, but most of the ways Vietnamese celebrate Tet have stayed intact over the years, ...

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[Photos] A Visual Tour of Late 1960s Saigon by Brian Wickham

It seems that every day, we get to uncover yet another old photo collection of Vietnam from the 1960s.

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A Rare Look Inside the Hue Imperial Court in 1895 in Watercolor

'La cour de Hue' (The court of Hue) is a series of painting done by Nguyen Van Nhan in 1895, during the reign of Thanh Thai, emperor of the Nguyen Dynasty at the time.

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[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] A Glimpse Into 1950s Cambodia and Laos

Over the past year, we’ve come to love the stunning 1950s photography of Frenchman Raymond Cauchetier.