Long Bien Bridge

With a history of over 100 years. Long Bien Bridge is a historical and symbolic witness to the people of Hanoi Capital. Not only that, Long Bien Bridge is also the ideal place to admire the panoramic view of Hanoi from above. Come here visitor will have the most relaxing moments, peace and quiet. Learn more about the history of Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi below to learn more about this famous bridge.

Long Bien Bridge

Where is the Long Bien Bridge?

Long Bien Bridge is the first steel bridge to cross the Red River. It's linking Long Bien and Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi. Besides, the Long Bien Bridge is also considered an important historical evidence. It has witnessed the ups and downs of Hanoi through the war against France and the United States.

Long Bien Bridge was built in 1898, inaugurated on February 28, 1902 and so far the bridge has tinted of time despite many repairs. So, after the Ngoc Son temple-pen complex with the One Pillar Pagoda, Long Bien Bridge is one of the most unique and unique symbols of Hanoi's history and culture.

From a distance, the Long Bien bridge looks like a soft, beautiful silk band attracting many visitors near and far to visit and admire the one day tour in Hanoi.

Long Bien Bridge

How Long Bien bridge is Special?

In 1897, the Long Bien Bridge project approved by the Governor General of Indochina Paul Doumer. It's for the purpose of improving the infrastructure need for French colonial exploration. In 1898, Governor General of Indochina chose Daydé & Pille as the main contractor for the design and construction of the bridge.

However, in fact, the total cost of this largest Indochina project is 6,200,000 francs. The construction of the Long Bien bridge also meant to facilitate the flow of goods from the center of the Northern Delta to Hai Phong and back to Hanoi. On September 13, 1889, the bridge was officially constructed on the left bank of the Cai River and designed by Daydé & Pille in the style of the key.

After nearly 3 years of construction, on February 28, 1902. The bridge was completed and named Doumer Bridge - the name of Governor General of Indochina. At that time, it's the largest bridge in Indochina and was praised by the French as a bridge connecting two centuries.

The Bridge includes a 2,290m long crossing over the river, comprising 19 steel beams spanning 20 over 40m high and 896m on the stone bridge.

In addition, the bridge is designed to have railroad tracks running in the middle and on either side are pedestrian and rudimentary roads. In particular, the Governor of Indochina also allowed the railway from Hanoi to the border between Vietnam and China will be put into operation.

At the same time, the river ferry terminal of Hanoi was abolished, so the need for trade and travel of Tonkin residents is no longer difficult.

Besides, the Doumer steel bridge also helped to make the colonial exploitation plan of the French colonial convenient and make the connection between Hanoi and the northern provinces more convenient.

After Hanoi Liberation Day (10/10/1954), Tran Van Lai, a Hanoi physician changed its name to Long Bien Bridge. Which still remains today and becomes one of the spots. the most beautiful tourist in Hanoi .

Mr. Vu Van Thin - Hanoi people have many memories attached to this bridge. Said in the resistance war against the United States (1954 - 1975), the Vietnamese army built two anti-aircraft artillery in the yard between the Red River.

At the same time, use the high scores on the bridge to make aerial bombardments to bombard US aircraft. So the bridges were bombed by US aircraft and replaced with semi-permanent beams to ensure uninterrupted bridge traffic.

With the development of technology and population growth, after 20 years of use,. It has built two additional lanes along the bridge. In particular, each lane is 2m wide and pedestrian sidewalks 1m.

By 2002, Long Bien Bridge repaired and reinforced with unique designs and construction materials. Thus, it became the second largest longitude bridge in the world and most prominent in the Far East at the time.

Long Bien Bridge is not only an important task to help people across the river, but also a strong support for the transport of weapons and food for the war.

In the two resistance wars against French and American soldiers. Even though the bombs were thrown over the bridge and broken more than 10 times. But Long Bien bridge is still in operation and still stay until today. Thanks to the efforts to preserve and protect the patriotic Vietnamese.

Based on the experience of traveling to Hanoi, Hanoi now has more spacious and modern bridges such as Thang Long, Chuong Duong, Vinh Tuy, Thanh Tri and Nhat Tan. Long Bien Bridge is still a very important witness of Hanoi has existed for two centuries.

Not only that, the bridge still plays the role of connecting motorbikes, bicycles, trains traveling from shore to shore. In particular, the direction of the vehicles on the left side of the bridge is considered contrary to the traffic flow of Vietnam and at the bridge is still attached metal plates engraved by the contractor construction time bridge construction.

Today, Long Bien Bridge attracts many visitors to visit. Admire as well as learn about the ancient history. When you come here, you will have the opportunity to admire the scenic Red River romantic, watching the barges floating below or walking, relaxing bike on the bridge.

Especially, the sunrise and sunset. It's a great ideal times to see the beautiful natural scenery from the bridge. And far away will see the bridge Chuong Duong along with the panoramic view of Hanoi capital. Further more, visitors also witnessed the rusted steel frame. Specially there are many places were bombed by US troops on the bridge in the resistance war rescued.

In addition, alongside Long Bien Bridge. There is a red rock river with a large, green landscape. It is a popular place for local people and tourists to take pictures, enjoy the fresh air. In the afternoon, visitors can visit the floating market near the bridge. Where people buy green vegetables, fresh fruit and fast food.

Travelling along the Long Bien bridge. Visitors will meet people walking, exercise...

At the same time. Visitors also feel the cool breeze from the Red River to blow away the sorrows in life. If coming to Hanoi in the winter. The Long Bien Bridge is also an ideal place to sip corn, hot and savory hot potatoes.

Refer to the historical introduction of Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi is fully provided above, visitors will understand more about the heroic past of the most famous bridge in the capital, helping Hanoi city tours more interesting and memorable.

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