French Quarter

However you may regard the French colonization of Vietnam, there’s much to admire in the magnificent buildings that survived the occupation. In Hanoi, the French clustered their architectural gems in two districts and on two scales: residential and municipal. Even if you have no sympathy for the mission civilisatrice (civilizing mission), you can’t help but admire the architectural feats of the French as you gaze at these buildings.

However you may regard the French colonization of Vietnam, there’s much to admire in the magnificent buildings that survived the occupation. In Hanoi, the French clustered their architectural gems in two districts and on two scales: residential and municipal. Even if you have no sympathy for the mission civilisatrice (civilizing mission), you can’t help but admire the architectural feats of the French as you gaze at these buildings.

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  • 25 of the Best Things to Do in Hanoi

    Hanoi lies at the heart of Vietnam’s ancient culture. The bulldozer of the 20th-century made few incursions here. The French districts, with their Indochinese architectural marvels and art moderne villas, evoke a pinch of nostalgia for colonial days (regardless of how we feel about colonialism). Since the late 1960s and the advent of the doi […]

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