Built in the early 20th century, Long Bien Bridge became a symbol to witness the change of Hanoi.
The bridge was constructed in 1899 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1902. It was originally called Paul Doumer Bridge. Originally, Long Bien had 19 spans and it was the first steel bridge across Red river in Hanoi, which became the largest bridge of all of Indochina in that time. The French were hailed as ‘ the bridge of two centuries ‘.
More than 100 years with decades of war, Long Bien Bridge was bombed many times by air attacks by American army in 1967, 1972; and many spans of the bridge were destroyed. The left spans still remaining today remind us of an unforgettable past. The bridge, hence, is not only a traffic construction, a nice architecture, but also a living historical relic.
At the weekends, and at sunset, Hanoians flock to the bridge, and photograph each other against the backdrop of their city.
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