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City Walks: Ba Đình and the French Quarter (Khu phố Pháp)
April 20, 2018 @ 9:30 AM - 12:30 PMVND70,000
*** PLEASE REGISTER TO ATTEND THIS EVENT. DETAILS BELOW***
This walking tour gives an overview of the changes to Hanoi that started in the French period (1869-1954). We touch on the development of the education system, town planning and architecture (including that of the political and diplomatic centre) as well as other eclectic information regarding past and present Hanoi as we walk along. Starting at Chu Văn An school (established by the French as the High School of the Protectorate, and now one of the oldest institutions for secondary education in Indochina) we make our way to Hanoi’s iconic Ba Đình Square and focus on a few of the key government buildings in the area (eg. the Central Committee of the Vietnamese Communist Party – formerly the Lycee Albert Sarrault High School – and the Ministry of Foreign Affairs etc.). Then along Chùa Một Cột street and strolling the surrounding avenues passing former villas now home to various Embassies. Our leisurely walk will take us to Điện Biên Phủ and into Hoàng Diệu street ending our tour at Cửa Bắc (north gate) and Cửa Bắc Church in Phan Đình Phùng street. For those whowould like to stay on for lunch after we will walk to nearby Ngu Xa island for some phở cuốn.
Place: West Lake side – near the back of Chu Văn An school on Nguyễn Đình Thi street (near the restaurant Nhà Hàng Vọng Ba Lâu – map will be sent to those who sign up)
Donation: 70,000 VND (excludes refreshments and lunch if you decide to stay on for a bite to eat)
Limit: 12 people
Contact: Stella – firstname.lastname@example.org
Please provide your mobile number when registering.
Notes: We will not be visiting any places of worship so there is no dress code – fine to wear shorts, short sleeves etc.
For those who do not need to rush off afterwards and would like to have lunch, this is an individual expense not included in the tour but is cheap
This walk can often take up to 2.45 hours of you need to leave at any time that is fine