Part of the Vietnam Military History Museum, Flag tower is one of the iconic architecture works of Vietnam built in the shape of cylinder blocks stacked with each other becoming smaller towards the top, with elegant vertical contours. The simple yet unique patterns of the tower attract tourists from all over. The top of the 33m tower offers breathtaking views.
Flag Tower is one of the most iconic monuments in Hanoi. Built in 1812, this 33.4 meters high tower acted as an observation post to the Hanoi Citadel during the rule of Nguyen Dynasty. The architecture of this tower is splendid, consisting of three platforms and a pyramid-shaped tower. At the top is an eight-sided room, with eight windows in all eight directions, providing picturesque views of the whole city. There are inscriptions bearing beautiful words like, "Welcome dawn's sunlight", "Reflecting the light", and "Direct to the light" on the eastern, western and southern door of the tower respectively. Two staircases are located at the northern door, one at each side.
The flag tower of Hanoi has witnessed a number of historical events including Vietnam's struggle for independence. It was, in 1945, that the Vietnamese National flag was first flown on the top of this famous tower. Since 1986, the Vietnamese national flag can always be seen flying on top of the flag tower. It will definitely invoke deep feelings towards Vietnam's independence, and the beautiful architecture makes it a must visit.
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