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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 gate can be seen only from the outside, during a visit to the Citadel, it is unfortunately not accessible.
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  • Some digging abandoned and half flooded. Only parts of the old South Gate (wall). Bella, on the contrary, the Museum area with pottery, architectural elements, etc., from various periods. Interesting the bunker used by North Vietnamese military leaders during the last American war in Viet Nam.
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  • Not much to see as little is left of the old structures. I passed this on the way walking from the old quarter to the Presential palace. Takes about 15 minutes to view, worth the small climb up stairs...  more »