French architecture in Hanoi through times (Part 2)
(See part 1 here.)
Roles in social-culture aspect
In the first instance, the buildings were constructed mainly to meet the demand of French authorities and their families. After basically conquering the entire territory of Indochina, French colonials undertook a major construction in Hanoi to turn it into the capital of all Indochina. Therefore, the buildings in this period were constructed with the purposes of politics and territory rearrangement.
The famous architectures of this period may include General Governor of Indochina Palace (now the Presidential Palace), Hang Co railway station (now Ha Noi Railway Station), Opera House (1901-1911), Metropole Hotel. Besides, there were also other marble structures built to serve the community (Long Bien Bridge, Dong Xuan Market, local schools, etc.) or dedicate to the religious purpose like Saint Joseph Cathedral.
Hanoi Opera House – then and now
Hanoi Railway Station – then and now (previously Hang Co Railway Station)
Dong Xuan market – then and now
La Badiane was built in French style, “transporting” customers to a Parisian restaurant right in the middle of Hanoi. Come to La Badiane to feel the classic beauty and taste the sophisticated dishes combining French and Vietnamese cuisines!
(With reference information from Vietnam Online).