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Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate, Hanoi
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Climb to the top of Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate to get a better look at buildings and gardens of the ancient imperial residence, today listed as a World Heritage Site. French colonial forces destroyed most of the ancient citadel, which dates back to the beginning of the 11th century, but you can still see plenty of memorable buildings today. Look for the “Viva la France” inscription carved on the bricks inside the gate, and keep an eye out for holes made by fire from French cannons. Visit the gate on your way to the citadel, since you won’t be able to access it once you’re inside. See Hanoi Old Citadel - Northern Gate and all Hanoi has to offer by arranging your trip with our Hanoi vacation planner.
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  • The Citadel is a large area and you need to walk the grounds to take it all in and the Northern gate is worth seeing and is impressive. 
  • This is a great tour to do, with a cycle tour of the old quarter including the Northern gate followed by a walk round the lake. Well worth half a day. 
  • The thang long archaeological sites nearby. Is the old gate to feel the history, but in building a massive presence as I thought. It is interesting also left bullet scars.
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