100-year-old photographs of the Thang Long Citadel

Hanoi – and the rest of Vietnam – is celebrating the millennial anniversary of the city and the Thang Long Citadel. Thanks to the collections of an architect and his father, we have images of the citadel from the 19th and early 20th century.

Thang Long royal citadel: past and present
Vietnam Net Bridge, 27 September 2010

In old pictures taken in the 19th century, the citadel was a bulky work which was located on a quiet area.

The citadel on August 1 was recognized by the UNESCO as a world cultural heritage site. UNESCO’s general director will come to Hanoi to attend the city’s great anniversary on October 1 and to present the certificate.

Below are old pictures from the collection entitled “Hanoi Memories” by teacher Doan Thinh and his son, architect Doan Bac.

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Author: Noel Tan

Dr Noel Hidalgo Tan is the Senior Specialist in Archaeology at SEAMEO-SPAFA, the Southeast Asian Regional Centre for Archaelogy and Fine Arts.

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