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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. Use our Hanoi vacation route planner to visit Long Bien Bridge on your trip to Hanoi, and learn what else travelers and our writers recommend seeing nearby.
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  • We walked across this amazing old bridge. Quite a hike but worth doing. The traffic is chaotic we had the foot path to our selves. You pass a shanty town very interesting  more »
  • Met a guy who worked in Kong Caffe, who took fashion photographs of a woman on this bridge. Also, in the Museum of Vietnamese History, there are references to this bridge in the fight for independence...  more »
  • There is nothing spectacular about this bridge except its lenght and the fact that the Americans blew lumps out of it during the war. Difficult to get to, traffic wise.  more »
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  • Must come to see if you are a travellers. Old style but romantic.
  • Best view in dawn. A mark of history
  • A must see for tourists. Also interesting to see young couples taking wedding pictures on the railway and lovers squat the bridge after 20h00.
  • Very old, only motorbikes allowed. There are tiny pedestrians lines. It is hard to use them because of air pollution from motorbikes.
  • Bridge with an awesome view at the skyline from Hanoi or for sunset over the city and the red river.