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Lovers of French colonial architecture are in for a treat in Hanoi. The old city, the former capital of French Indochina, is dotted with grandiose buildings that reflect both foreign and local influences - many lovingly restored and deserve to be looked at and thanks to Vietnam's meteoric economic rise.

The former French Quarter is the area south of Hoan Kiem Lake and it showcases the legacy of the European colonization of Vietnam. There are many fantastic colonial architecture of the early 20th century here. Famous attractions include the St Joseph Cathedral, Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi Opera House, Sofitel Metropole Hotel, Former Residence of Paul Doumer the Governor General of Indochina, Cultural Palace and many museums, are the best known buildings of that period.

This is 1901 facade of Sofitel Legend Metropole Hotel, the old colonial building that bespeaks a time and place of this architecture and a typical representation of the French colonial style in Hanoi. This is Vietnam’s finest combination of history, atmosphere, luxury and is one of the country’s most elegant French colonial buildings. The original Metropole, has been restored to its former glory with just the right touches of modern design to make the hotel feel contemporary, but without disturbing the historical look and ambiance of the building.


Take a leisurely ride on these Vintage 1953 Citroen but bear the characteristic noise of the four-cylinder engine and experience the atmosphere of old charming Hanoi. It certainly worth for playing the old colonialist for one or two hours......


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Workshop1: Close up picture of Vintage 1953 Citroen Model B15

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