Hanoi Flag Tower

Hanoi Flag Tower at the age of more than 200 years is renowned as one of the proud symbols of Hanoi. The tower was built in 7 years, from 1805 to 1812, the 11th year of Gia Long time, Nguyen dynasty, five years after construction time of Flag Tower in Hue.

 

 

In period 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 Flag Tower's image has been appeared 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 success of August Revolution, 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, the national flag has been always (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.

Situated at Dien Bien Phu street, at the city center, Hanoi Flag Tower is a historic attraction that travellers who arrive in Hanoi should visit once.

 

Hanoi Flag Tower is 33m height with three platforms and the eight-side tower, and 41m height consisting of the flag pole. With initial building purpose as an observatory; Hanoi Flag Tower offers a breathtaking view for the watchers standing on it. The highest point 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.

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