Long Biên bridge-a witness to Vietnam’s history during the last three centuries is recognized as a symbol of Hanoi, like
Eiffel Tower-a symbol of Paris (Hanoians usually mention the bridge as Eiffel tower standing gracefully on the Red River).
Long Biên bridge, which was designed by a French architect named Gustave Eiffel, was under construction in 1898 by Daydé et Pillé corporation until its inauguration in 1902.
At that time, Long Biên bridge was regarded as the most important bridge in Indochina region and one of the world’s four largest ones. Before North Vietnam’s independence in 1954, it was called Paul Doumer Bridge, which was named after Paul Doumer – The Governor-General of French Indochina. The five-lane bridge which was made of steel with a 1860-metre length allowed trains to pass by and across the Red River in their routines from Lao Cao province to China.
Having suffered waves of bombings, attacks and reforcements from the enemy, Long Biên bridge’s challenges of wars reflect its pursuit for peace, independence and freedom, which are always in the heart Vietnamese people. However, the bridge has currently been under a dramatical degradation and in a red alert. Long Bien bridge at the time being deverses an absolute and comprehensive support from the community for « setting an important limstone in our urban’s history ». Hanoi will set its foot step to 21st decade as soon as the bridge finds the halo itself as becoming a significant place of the city landscape. Hanoi will spread itss wings and confirmed its position in the global culture» (*)
Author: Hà Lemmy
Translator: Nguyễn Thị Ngân
Editor: Nguyễn Xuân Hồng
Windy Day 6: The Story of Dragon Bridge
To assist Vietnamese youngsters and foreigners to discover and share their responsibilities in the campaign for saving Long Biên Bridge, Tôi xê dịch, in corporation with Maison des Arts, has grate pleasure to hold our event, named Windy Day 6 with the theme “The Story of Dragon Bridge”.
This culture and tourism event consists of two parts:
- Talkshow “Dragon Bridge” – past and present
- Documentary film showing “the Bridge’s memory”
- Culture tour “The story of Dragon Bridge”
- Talking with Ms. Nga Nguyen
Time: 9 a.m, March 10, 2013
Venue: Maison des arts, 22A Hai Ba Trung, Hanoi
Ticket: 50,000 VND @door
Hotline: 0903 228 382 (Hà Lemmy)
Register at: http://bit.ly/148e9dA
(*) Source: “Le Pont la Ville”, Daniel Biau (7/11/2012)