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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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  • We found the whole citadel really interesting. Some of the buildings are lovely and the museum areas fascinating. The underground bunkers and bomb shelters were of particular interest to my grandsons. 
  • When one stands here, at this gate, one has to imagine that that large block left of the citadel was, indeed huge! The gates are standard with royalty to enter through the middle on horseback, in carr...  more »
  • We got to see the North Gate when visiting the old section of Hanoi on our last day and it is not in good shape. As with most of the Old Ancient section of Hanoi, in years to come this will be the Bus...  more »