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Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Construction of the bridge was begun by France in 1898 and completed in 1902. (Photo: panoramio.com)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

This is the first bridge ever to span the Red River in Hanoi. (Photo: panoramio.com)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

The bridge, measuring 1,682 metres long with 19 steel spans, symbolizes the beauty of contemporary architectural works. (Photo: panoramio.com)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

The bridge was designed following the style of Gustave Eiffel. (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Long Bien bridge in 1925 (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

The bridge used to be one of the four longest in the world and the most prominent in the Far East early 20th century.

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Long Bien bridge in early the 20th century (Photo: Panoramio.com)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Long Bien bridge’s section down the maize field of the Red River (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Long Bien bridge in October, 1954 (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Long Bien bridge in 1964 (Photo : Vietnam News Agency)

Long Bien – a bridge between the past and present

Long Bien bridge in 1985 (Photo: Vietnam News Agency)

18/09/2017 14:05

Vietnam named among 20 most beautiful countries

Vietnam has been voted one of the 20 most beautiful countries in the world by readers of Rough Guides, the renowned British travel site.

08/09/2017 17:02

The taste of Hanoi’s autumn

Hanoi’s autumn is also the season for com or young sticky rice flakes. Com can be eaten directly or enjoyed with bananas like a snack. It can also be mixed with other food ingredients to create a variety of tasty dishes, including cha com (Vietnamese com sausage) and com xao (browned green sticky rice).

06/09/2017 17:10

Fish sauce: much more than just a condiment

Just like rice, fish sauce is a staple of almost every dish in Vietnam. “For Vietnamese people, a meal without fish sauce is considered incomplete,” culture expert Tran Ngoc Them once wrote in his book Vietnam Culture Foundation.