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A piece of history: the beauty of Long Bien Bridge

Long Bien Bridge in the old Hanoi

Famously associated with the two wars of Vietnam, Long Bien Bridge has its own stories in the history of this nation. Inaugurated in 1902, Long Bien Bridge is now 115 years old and still proudly standing its ground. It is placed across the Red River, connecting Hoan Kiem and Long Bien districts. The beauty of Long Bien Bridge is often associated with the Eiffel Tower, for it is regarded the symbol of Hanoi just like Eiffel Tower of France. to get more information, you can click: Tours to Indochina

A brief history of Long Bien Bridge

Dayde and Pille, the two architects from Paris, took four years (from 1889 to 1902) to build Long Bien Bridge. The construction involved more than three thousand Vietnamese people and a team of forty French engineers, professionals, and directors. Due to its strategic position (connecting Hanoi and Hai Phong Port), during war times, Long Bien Bridge was heavily bombarded.

Long Bien Bridge in the old Hanoi

Long Bien Bridge in the old Hanoi -source: internet

Rumors had it that Gustave Eiffel, the famous architect that is famously known for the Eiffel Tower, was the one who designed Long Bien Bridge. But it is simply not true; for Eiffel already resigned before this bridge idea was proposed. When Long Bien Bridge was finished, it was one of the longest bridges in Asia at that time. Until today, Long Bien Bridge is still used for traffic.

The beauty of Long Bien Bridge

Picturesque Long Bien Bridge in the sunset

Picturesque Long Bien Bridge in the sunset- source: internet

For its stand with history and its being across the great Red River, Long Bien Bridge is often seemed as one of the symbols and images of Hanoi and is an inspiration for many songs and poetries. The beauty of Long Bien Bridge is best shown in the sunset. For visitors and locals who like to take small walks as exercises, they can fully see the view of Red River in the golden sun at this time of day. north Vietnam travel tours

Green cornfield by Long Bien Bridge

Green cornfield by Long Bien Bridge -source : internet

If you walk along the bridge during daytime, you will have the chance to see the gardens and fields below it. Flowers, greens, corns, banana trees surround the river banks. You might also have the chance to catch some street vendors who sell fresh fruits and veggies, or some romantic couples who are taking their sweet time to pose for perfect wedding pictures. Look a bit further away, a couple of floating houses belong to fishermen reflect the rural and farming life below Long Bien, in a complete contradiction to the busy city life on the two sides of the bridge.

Couple posing for wedding pictures on Long Bien Bridge

Couple posing for wedding pictures on Long Bien Bridge -source: internet

During colder seasons, tasty street food like grilled corn and sweet potatoes are popularly sold on the bridge by street vendors. This is a perfect winter cuisine that is well loved by local people. They are sold everywhere; however, it is a bit more special if you buy one, and take a sightseeing trip while munching of a big grilled corn on the cob.

Long Bien Bridge has always been and will be a part of all Hanoians. Generations of people have considered Long Bien Bridge a piece of their culture, and this thought will never change.

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