In July of 2007, Jessica and I visited Vietnam, traveling to Saigon, Halong Bay and Hanoi. We had hoped to make a few other stops, but flights were sold out so we stuck to these three destinations. Hanoi is a beautiful city, full of rich colonial architecture and plenty of Vietnamese history. The Presidential Palace pictured here was built in 1906 as the residence of the Governor of French Indochina. After Vietnam gained its independence in 1954, Ho Chi Minh opted for a much simpler house on the palace grounds and never occupied the residence. It continues to be used for official state functions today, but is largely ornamental.
The Presidential Palace in Hanoi
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