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Long Bien Bridge, Hanoi

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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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  • Why ? Oh why would you spend 2 hours walking a dangerous, rusty, dilapidated bridge ? The sign says "no pedestrians", the concrete blocks you're stepping on are broken (and it's a looong way down... 
    Why ? Oh why would you spend 2 hours walking a dangerous, rusty, dilapidated bridge ? The sign says "no pedestrians", the concrete blocks you're stepping on are broken (and it's a looong way down...  more »
  • I visited this landmark before the pandemic, Long Bien Bridge is one of the busiest roads in Hanoi and yet, a perfect place to do some dramatic Instagrammable shots. 
    I visited this landmark before the pandemic, Long Bien Bridge is one of the busiest roads in Hanoi and yet, a perfect place to do some dramatic Instagrammable shots.  more »
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  • Long Bien Bridge is a famous bridge spanning the Red River which connects the district Hoan Kiem with the Long Bien district of Hanoi. The bridge was built between 1898 and 1902 by the Daydé & Pillé company, and was used in 1903. It was originally named  Paul Doumer Bridge. Currently, on the bridgehead, there is still a  metallicplate with the inscription of the time of construction and the construction contractor: 1899 - 1902 - Daydé & Pillé - Paris.

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