Although the French colonial period came to an end a long time ago, much of the French arts and deco style are still imprinted in the architecture of Hanoi.
Colonial French architecture has appeared in Hanoi for roughly 200 years and become one of the most charming features of this city. At present, numerous buildings, villas or public constructions with French design in Hanoi are conserved in order to retain their original features and elements.
A hustle and bustle Hanoi now is suffering from rapid urbanization, yet looming in the city noise is an old Hanoi with its delicate architecture and marvelous flower smell.
Recalling the dreadful war that French brought to Hanoi, people often think of what they had left there after one hundred years of colonization as well.
It is not the modern infrastructure or increasingly westernized life style that make Hanoi beautiful but its old things such as the image of women carrying rattans of bamboo frame on their shoulders, conical hats looming in the streets, especially the old French architecture buildings here and there all over the city.
How Hanoi looks like 100 years ago? Below are Hanoi images of the previous century, which can be seen at Hanoi Museum.
From the view point of foreigners, Hanoi possesses patterns that are spectacular enough to make the capital city of Vietnam stand out from any other cities in Asia.
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