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Dalat is the only town in Vietnam which, in terms of its architectural planning and design, can be said to be European. [ more... ]
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When Ninh Binh is called to mind, people often think of the Phat Diem stone cathedral, the ancient capital of Hoa Lu [ more... ]
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The Hanoi Opera House is my favourite Vietnamese French colonial building. [ more... ]
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In 1899, the municipal council of the city of Hanoi held a competion to decide who would build a theatre to replace a temporary one in Takou Street (Hang Cot). [ more... ]
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T here are a number of historic schools in central Ho Chi Minh city. The oldest still standing is the Le Quy Don, founded by the French in I874. It is at the crossroads of Nugyen Thi Minh Khai and Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Streets, just across the road from the Reunification Palace. The school has recently been renovated. [ more... ]
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Being a stonemason living in a village specialising in stone products, Mr Do Khac Duc, of Ninh Van village, Ninh Binh Province, 90 km south of Hanoi, decided to build a beautiful stone house for himself. But he was afraid his wife would not agree, as they were so poor they did not have enough rice to eat. So he told his wife that he had received an order to build a stone house, and brought stones home for his wife and children to work. [ more... ]
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Mr Nam and his father were afraid there would be no more thatch to replace the roof when it deteriorated because the land where the reeds had grown wild had been taken over for farming [ more... ]
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There is a hydropower plant more than half a century old at Suoi Vang, in Lat Commune, Lac Duong District, Lam Dong Province, in the Central Highlands. [ more... ]
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At the Ho Chi Minh Fine Art Museum, my friend bombarded the iron fence with camera shots. He said, ‘Only the iron fences of some big villas built during the French colonial period can compare with this.’ He pointed to lithe designs and sturdy and artfully welded knots, which, he said, had not changed since 1925 [when the house was built]. [ more... ]
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