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Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi

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Bridge · Hidden Gem · Landmark
With its huge bolted iron bars spanning the green waters of Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge represents a historic spectacle of human engineering. Built in 1899-1902 by the French, the defiant rusty structure stretches 2.5 km (1.5 mi), cutting a striking figure. Damaged twice by U.S. bombs, the cantilever bridge still connects two busy districts of Hanoi with busy passenger and train traffic. Take a scooter across it or go on foot, observing the shanty town underneath the bridge and fishers on the lakeshore. To visit Long Bien Bridge and other attractions in Hanoi, use our Hanoi online trip maker.
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  • Me and dad were at Serein Cafe sipping coffee and the train was departing from the station moving slowing along Long Bien Bridge, recommend people to go there around late afternoon to enjoy the...  more »
  • I walked out on it and the views of the litter and shanty-town shacks below were as interesting and telling as the condition of the much-bombed bridge itself. You have to walk a fair way to get to...  more »
  • I have a morning walk here. People are busy with their daily work. Nice view for photo .
  • From the same creator of the Eiffel Tower, this bridge is a real symbol for Vietnamese people. 3 kilometers to cross the Red River, but just with motorbike!

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