Urbanist Hanoi

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[Photos] Once Upon a Time in Bát Tràng Ceramic Village

Back in the day, when Emperor Lý Thái Tổ relocated the capital from Ninh Binh to Hanoi, five famous pottery families followed. They settled in a region on the east bank of the Red River where there was good clay, and founded the Bat Trang ceramic village.

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Vietnam Designates November 19 National Day of Mourning for Covid-19 Victims

Thousands of Vietnamese lives have been claimed by the COVID-19 pandemic.

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[Photos] A Game of Trade: Hanoi’s First International Trade Fair Complex

Hanoi has had many names in its life time; among the lesser-known ones is Ke Cho, which literally means "the market people."

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[Photos] Wander Through the Old Quarter in 1995 Hanoi

What do you miss most about the 1990s?

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Chợ Âm Phủ and the Embattled History Behind Hanoi's Book Street

19/12 Street was once a mass burial ground for those who died in the National Resistance against France in 1946. The event shaped the history of the city and the relationship that thrived for 71 years between locals, the street and chợ Âm phủ (Hell Market).

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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] 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.

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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 candi...

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[Photos] The Calm Austerity of Vung Tau in the Late 1960s

Whether 2018 or the late 1960s, Vung Tau has always been a sleepy coastal town that exudes charm.

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[Photos] 30 Black-and-White Photos of 1947 Vietnam's Landscapes by Michel Huet

If you enjoyed our previous article on French photographer Michel Huet’s portraits of Vietnam series, then the second batch of his work from 1947 Vietnam will pique your interest as well.

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[Video] Take a Tour of 1930s Angkor Wat

During the 1970s, Cambodia suffered greatly at the hands of Pol Pot, whose Khmer Rouge erased not only the lives of as many as two million people but also scores of the country’s cultural and historic...

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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 pro...

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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] A Sepia-Toned Glimpse Into China's Last Dynasty

In this rare, 19th-century black-and-white photo collection, China appears surprisingly spartan and somber.

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[Photos] Check out Indochina's Colorful 19th-Century Bank Notes

If you ever get bored of looking at the same set of images on Vietnam’s current bank notes, this set of old Indochinese bills will provide a glimpse into what the region's denizens used to spend when ...

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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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[Photos] A Guide to Traveling 1910 French Indochina

In the days before every backpacker wandered the streets of Saigon with a guidebook in hand, one turn-of-the-century French travel firm advertised Indochina as an adventure destination for European tr...

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[Photos] 1970s Vietnam: Lambrettas, Spartan Fields and Renaults Galore

In the 1970s, urban Vietnam was a Lambretta paradise.

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[Photos] The Sleepy, Small Town Vibes of Central Vietnam in the Early 1960s

Before it became the modern metropolis it is today, Da Nang used to be a sleepy fishing village.