14 Monuments to explore in Vietnam
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A historic cantilever bridge across the Red River. The bridge was built in 1899-1902 by the architects Daydé & Pillé of Paris, and opened in 1903. It was heavily bombarded during Vietnam War due to its critical position. It was the only bridge at that time across the Red River connecting Hanoi to the main port of Haiphong.
Da Ba Chong is a landmark monument in the town of Dinh Quan District, Dinh Quan, the province of Dong Nai. The most prominent in the population is three huge stones overlapping with a height of 36m, located precariously right next to Highway 20, the majestic spectacle of this scenic attraction attracts so many visitors passing by. With hidden beauty and historical value, the Da Ba Chong population was ranked national landscape monument by the Ministry of Culture.
Opera House erected by the French colonial administration between 1901 and 1911, it was modeled on the Palais Garnier, the older of Paris's two opera houses. After the departure of the French, the opera house became the scene for several political events as well as the scene of street fighting during the fight for Hanoi.
It is the mousoleum of the great poet Nguyen Dinh Chieu, also known as teacher Chieu. To recognise his contributions to the nation, a temple was built in Ben Tre in his honour in 1972. This site was recognised as a national relic site in 1990. It was re-built in 2000 on an additional land area of 13,000 sq.m where there sit the tomb and monument of the late poet.
One of Vietnam's two most iconic temples. The temple is built of wood on a single stone pillar 1.25 m in diameter and 4 m in height, and it is designed to resemble a lotus blossom, a Buddhist symbol of purity. The emperor Lý Thái Tông constructed the temple in 1049, in gratitude for having a son.
Quang Tri citadel was built in 1809 by the order of King Gia Long. This relic site was severely damaged during the anti-American resistance war in 1972. In the 1990s, the Quang Tri provincial authorities restored the citadel. Nowadays, the citadel becomes a place to educate youths about the nation's revolutionary tradition and its patriotism.
A complex of historic imperial buildings located in the centre of Hanoi. The royal enclosure was first built during the Lý dynasty (1010) and expanded by the Trần, Lê and finally the Nguyễn dynasty. It remained the seat of the Vietnamese court until 1810, when the Nguyễn dynasty chose to move the capital to Huế.
The Old House of Phung Hung is one of the most famous architectural buildings and cultural heritage in Hoi An. Phung Hung old house was built over 100 years ago during the development of the city of Hoi An. The building was constructed in a unique way that resembles both Chinese and Japanese architecture.
A huge historical monument built in the heart of Vietnam which was paving light to the Battle of Rạch Gầm-Xoài Mút was fought between the Vietnamese Tây Sơn forces and an army of Siam in present-day Tiền Giang Province on January 20, 1785. It is considered one of the greatest victories in Vietnamese history. The monument is now one of the great attraction in Vietnam.