Hanoi's colonial architecture
Hanoi is long known for its famous colonial architecture. 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. One hundred years under colonization of French, Vietnam did not lose its traditional color, but it also absorbs new perspectives from a modern France. Along the history of Hanoi city, it is not overstated to claim that ancient French architecture has contributed significantly in creating a unique, magnetic and charming Hanoi with its elegance and nobility.
It is complicated to tell exactly the time French colonial construction format penetrated into Hanoi, but most archaeologists and architectural researchers consent that the first appearance of French architecture in Hanoi was more than 200 years ago, when King Gia Long initiated a project to reconstruct Hanoi under Vauban architectural style with the monitor of French architects.