A Hanoi icon in all senses, the Long Bien Bridge – formerly known as the Paul Doumer Bridge – was one of the greatest engineering accomplishments of the French colony and a showpiece of colonial infrastructure. In the Vietnam War it became a symbol of Hanoi’s resistance to relentless US bombing.
Long Bien bridge (also known as Paul Doumer Bridge, named in honour of the Governor General of French Indochina until 1954) completed in 1902 was designed by French Architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. During the American War the bridge was heavily bombed due to its strategic placement in connecting Hanoi to the port city of Hai Phong. Long Bien bridge is now become a landmark for Hanoians, you might enjoy stunning views across the Red River taking our biking tour Hanoi countryside
Today, Long Bien – the oldest bridge in Hanoi is still living and in use for a train, motorcycle and bicycle crossing the Red River. With all Hanoians it may be the most special bridge with unique historic, architectural and cultural value. Your tour in Hanoi should not miss this attraction, let take a walk or grab your bicycle and camera and head out to Long Bien Bridge, feel the daily life of Hanoians, and enjoying peaceful moments and some appealing photo ops. Don't mist it