Long Bien Bridge

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Long Bien Bridge
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Points of Interest & Landmarks • Bridges
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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12:00 AM - 11:59 PM
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The Long Bien bridge across the Red River connects Hanoi with the main port of Haiphong. Designed by Gustave Eiffel, the bridge sustained significant damage during the Vietnam War. Only half of the bridge retains its original shape, but a rebuilding project supported by the French government is currently in progress to restore the bridge to its original appearance.
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AKtravelers22
Juneau, AK530 contributions
Dec 2019
My husband and I enjoyed stepping into history and walking over this bridge. It is not for the faint of heart, especially if a train goes by while you are on the walk. It's creaky and there are places you wonder if the cement slab will fall to the ground and you will follow :) but it is worth it. You can still see damage from the war if you look close. It is a flat easy walk but it has some areas that are questionable.
Written January 1, 2020
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larrywolfley
Bangkok, Thailand15 contributions
Mar 2020
I walked out on it and the views of the litter and shanty-town shacks below were as interesting and telling as the condition of the much-bombed bridge itself. You have to walk a fair way to get to the part over the river. Be careful of the railing; I tore the sleeve of my shirt on a broken part, just lucky it was not my skin. Also do not step off the walk onto the roadway, because the motorbikes come very close as it is, and it would be easy to be clipped even if staying on the walkway.
Written March 11, 2020
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Dirk W
Alexandra Headland, Australia5,107 contributions
May 2022
Why ? Oh why would you spend 2 hours walking a dangerous, rusty, dilapidated bridge ? The sign says "no pedestrians", the concrete blocks you're stepping on are broken (and it's a looong way down) and the railing is rusty with screws sticking out. The scooter traffic is hectic, noisy and the fumes are killing you. An historic bridge it may be, the views over the river are nice, but I think there are more interesting activities in Hanoi.
Written May 18, 2022
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Jason S
Melbourne, Australia1,284 contributions
Jan 2020
Bridge over 100 years old and survived many attempts by the Americans during the Vietnamese armed conflict.

Bridge very long and only used by motorbikes and 1 train track in the middle only a few trains cross regular, it allows you to cross the vast Red River.

Bridge doesn't seem to be kept in good condition lots of damage to road, path and bridge itself.

Clearly important to the local people for its daily use and its history but its not the most tourist friendly attractions.

Check out bridge for its history and cultural significance but its just a bridge to foreigners.
Written January 13, 2020
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Sim Siew Li
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia62 contributions
Oct 2019 • Friends
We joined Old Quarter Walking Tour provided by Hanoi Free Private Tour Guide for walking around Hanoi city for 2 hours, and amongst the best attractions around the city, what I am impressed the most is walking along the Long Biên Bridge.

Long Biên Bridge is a historic cantilever bridge across the Red River that connects two districts, Hoan Kiem and Long Bien of the city of Hanoi, Vietnam.

Interestingly, most of the mass media including Lonely Planet websites mentioned that the designer of the bridge is Gustave Eiffel. A local tour guide told me that the bridge was built by the same company that built Eiffel Tower in Paris, but the bridge is not designed by Gustave Eiffel.

Quynh pointed to me the sign of Daydé & Pillé which built the bridge including the year of commencement and inauguration, which is attached on the Long Bien Bridge. The bridge was built in 1899 - 1902 by Daydé & Pillé Company.

I found one article in a website which said that before the idea of building the Long Biên Bridge was proposed, Gustave Eiffel had resigned and withdrew from his company (Compagnie des Etablissements) on February 14, 1893. After Eiffel's resignation, his company Compagnie des Etablissements changed its name to La Société Constructions Levallois-Perret, and the CEO was Maurice Koechlin.

In 1897, when bidding for the construction of the Long Biên Bridge, the Levallois-Perret was one of the 6th contractors submitted the design drawings, but they did not win the bids. The Daydé & Pillé Company was the contractor who won the bids. In the design drawings of Long Bien Bridge provided by Daydé & Pillé, which is currently kept at the National Archives Center I, there are original signatures of the engineers of Daydé & Pillé and the original signature of The Governor-General of Indochina, Paul Doumer who approved the design drawings, but Eiffel’s signature is not there. Therefore, Eiffel is not the designer and his company did not construct the Long Bien Bridge as well.

After all, the bridge is a symbol of the tenacity and resilience of the Hanoian people, despite the bridge was heavily bombarded several times during the Vietnam War, the major parts of the original structure remain intact and lasted so long until now.
Written October 28, 2019
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Patrick L
Sydney, Australia26 contributions
Apr 2014 • Couples
The bridge walk was one of the highlights of our trip, and made for very unique memories.

We took a taxi from the Old Quarter (about 80 dong) to the start of the bridge on the other side. It was easy to access the bridge (and the pedestrian path) from there.

The walk took about 30 minutes and finishes on the fringe of the Old Quarter again.

Highly recommended if you're after unique perspective
Written April 23, 2014
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Moritz K
Cartagena, Colombia12 contributions
The old Long Bien bridge is definitely worth visiting. It is only open for pedestrians and (motor-) bikes and the two streams of bikes are separated by the railway. If you just see a train pass, you can even enter the rails and take some nice shots with a cool vanishing point. if you walk about halfway onto the bridge, you can go down some stairs and have a walk on a large island in the red river. There you find a poor village, 2 nude beaches for men, some banana plantations and good views on the bridge. At night, you have a great view over the Long Bien market, a wholesale market for fresh fruit. I can only recommend visiting the bridge for all these who want to experience Ha Noi from a nonstandard-nontourist angle. Enjoy :)
Written January 30, 2012
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Stephanie H
58 contributions
Aug 2019 • Solo
I went to Long Bien Bridge with an intention to catch the sunset with the beautiful bridge at 6.17pm (checked sunset timing that day)There is a walkway for pedestrians & motorcyclists on both sides while the train/railway track is right in the middle.
Written August 29, 2019
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Ondeemand
Paraparaumu, New Zealand9 contributions
Apr 2019 • Couples
Read up on the history of this bridge then walk across it and enjoy the fabulous views. Not for those who don’t have a head for heights. Beware the pathway is uneven and not suitable for those with mobility issues.
Written April 25, 2019
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Benjamin K
17 contributions
Mar 2019 • Couples
Came here with my girlfriend for taking photos. It’s very nice place around 5 pm to 6 pm. Highly recommended to everyone
Written March 2, 2019
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