Old City Gate
Old City Gate
3.5
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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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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
About
The attractive shape of the only city gate remaining in Hanoi harks back to a time when the city was under siege. Walk through the arched main entrance of the Hanoi Old City Gate and imagine being one of the soldiers who heroically defended the city from this spot during several sieges, as well as the French and American wars. Admire the curved roof of the central tower and gaze up at the red and yellow Vietnamese flag flying in the wind. Built in 1749, this is the last remaining gate of the many that once surrounded the perimeter of the old city. Known locally as Quan Chuong, it takes its name from a military leader who lost his life fighting the French here in 1843. Reflect on the fact that the gate was important once again in resisting the French in 1946 to 1947.
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand890 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Initially walked through the gate on our food tour. Went back for another look during the day. Is nice all lit up at night and nice to keep the bit of history. Can get very busy around this area so it is hard to have a good look without getting taken out by a scooter!
Written May 2, 2023
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Harrison F. Carter
Auckland, New Zealand12,830 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2022
Staying nearby, this was easily accessible via a walk through, across and along the crazy and exciting streets of Hanoi. Not going to warrant much time, but worth a look.
Written August 10, 2022
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Lucia.xiii
Hanoi, Vietnam50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2019
I mean maybe because I have been to so many historical places in Hanoi already so another one like this could be skipped for me.
Written August 7, 2019
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Fatboy
15 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2019 • Solo
It’s interesting architecture is a glimpse into the history of this interesting city and is a worthy stop on a walk around the area
Written May 13, 2019
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Onie T
Mandaluyong, Philippines75 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2019
The gate doesn't look impressive but it is still historically significant as the only remaining ancient city gate of Hanoi. This is just a short walk from other spots in the Old Quarter so you can check it out along the way.
Written April 12, 2019
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Mac3217
Ponnamaravathi, India45 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2018 • Friends
Still in good condition. Only saw it because it was very close to the hotel I was staying at. Didn't know it's historical value until I read on trip advisor!. Pity the place is so trashy. They could've place a sign or a plaque..
Written November 2, 2018
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David B
Rayong, Thailand9,566 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2017 • Solo
Quan Chong Gate, in the north east of Hanoi's Old Quarter, is the lone survivor of 21 gates to the old Thang Long Citadel, that protected the old city in centuries gone by.

It was built in 1749 and renovated in 1817. The other 20 gates have disappeared and are now just part of historical records.

The gate has a cupola with a watch tower on the top. The gate used to have double thick wooden doors which were opened in the morning and closed at night, but they have long since disappeared.

But the gate still stands, a poignant reminder of Hanoi's long history through peace and wars.
Written December 25, 2017
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Manchestertiger
Manchester, UK1,536 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Aug 2014
Not far from the main market place, good for a photo opportunity. Not really very exciting, but then again not many attractions in hanoi are.
Written June 3, 2015
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Steven S
Sydney, Australia57 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2013 • Friends
There's a little cafe by the old city gate where you can sit with a beer or two and watch old hanoi life pass you by.

The cafe has free wifi and the restaurant next door does a roaring trade in pho.

Just through the gate to the left is a local who sells chickens. I'm not sure why, but through sign language he managed to convey that one particular chook he was selling was USD $50...because it was a virgin! ...i'm not sure what he thought i might want to do with it. : /
Written August 26, 2014
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gogreen08
New Orleans, LA42 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Oct 2010 • Friends
In Hanoi, the capital of Vietnam with a population of 2.7 million, the streets are teraming with traffic, one million bicycles and 700,00 motorcycles. Loved the cyclos rides. Walking across streets is a lesson learned. Walk straight, do not meander, stop, look back for others, hesitate. There are no lights. The drivers adjust to you. If you try to adjust to the drivers, you will be flattened like a pancake.

I actually stayed in the old walled city. Originally there were 16 gates, but only one, the Old East Gate survives in this medieval place. You are stepping back to about 1000 AD. The hotel was rather antiquated and the air conditioner sometimes worked and the unit in the next room made a loud racket all night. The busy Old Quarter is lined with family-owned shops, each with wares of only one kind. The family sometimes sleeps there to keep their items safe. The streets are so busy with even human traffic. People carry polls across their shoulders with baskets of items such as fruit balanced on either end. Families sit on stools shorter than milking stools, eating with chopsticks and feeding their children who play next to them. Their shops are constantly maintained and customers come first. When I was there it was busy with mostly locals and we seemed to be six of the very few non-Orientals staying there.

Although outside the gatws is a very lovely, modern city, staying in the Old Quarter is like reliving the past. I loved it and would suggest all travelers do the same to get a real flavor of Hanoi. The people, the noise, the loudspeakers spouting Communist propiganda, the locals working, the children and animals cavorting in daily life is not to be missed.
Written September 22, 2011
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