Attraction Vietnam Military History Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 17-04-2017
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Why Hanoi Flag Tower is special ?
From 1894 to 1897, the French colonial destroyed most of the construction in Thang Long Imperial Citadel, and Flag Tower is one of rare architecture works which still remain today. Moreover, the image of Flag Tower has been embedded in many remarkable historic events; for example, the flag of Vietnam flew on the top of the Flag Tower for the first time in 1945, after The August Revolution’s success, and on October 10th, 1954- the capital libration day; image of Flag Tower is printed on the money paper issued firstly by the Bank of Vietnam.
Since 1986, there are always a national flag (24m2) flying on the top of Hanoi Flag Tower. One flag is only used within two to three weeks on average, so in one year, there are about 20 flags alternately flying in the sky of Hanoi.
Located on Dien Bien Phu street, at the center of the city, Hanoi Flag Tower is a historic attraction that tourists who arrive in Hanoi should visit once.
What to explore at Hanoi Flag Tower?
Hanoi Flag Tower is 33m height with three platforms and the eight-side tower, and 41m height consisting of the flag pole. With original construction purpose as an observatory; Hanoi Flag Tower offers a breathtaking view for the watchers standing on it. The top of the tower is an eight-side room with eight windows corresponding to eight directions, offering enough space for six people standing inside. “Ngenh huc” means “Welcome dawn’s sunlight”, “Hoi quang” means “Reflecting the light”, and “Huong minh” means “Direct to the light” are alternately inscribed on the eastern, western and southern door of the tower. At the northern door, there are two stairs in the left and the right hand side.
- Symbolic Vietnamese fortification
- An Iconic Hanoi Symbol
- Good views overlooking military museum
- Great place to stop coming back from other sites
- Tower with a flag on it
Vietnam Military History Museum, Hanoi, Vietnam
Tips for you
One of few landmarks of old Ha Noi that was not destroyed by the French colonialists. Symbolizes Ha Noi. You can climb to the top and get a good view of Ba Dinh square, the Mausoleum.... Entrance is in the Army Museum. You can also enjoy a nice cup of coffee or smoothies, jelly drinks at the Highlands at its base
The UNESCO world heritage site (2010) of the central sector of the Imperial citadel of Thang Long is fabulous for anyone with any interest in history, the development of Ha Noi through the emperors to the French, archaeology and/or the war against the Americans. It is quite separate from the flag tower, and from memory is free. There is an archaeological dig (under glass) where you can see the various stages of building from around the 11th century. Various photo exhibits in the buildings (most of which were French barracks) chart the development of the site and the archaeological excavation. An added bonus is that General Giap's military quarters are at the back of this site. They have been set up as museum, complete with typewriters and war maps. You can go into underground offices and bedrooms for protection against air raids.