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"Hanoi Flag Tower" Hanoi Things to Do Tip by Willettsworld

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The 33-metre high flag tower is located within the grounds of the Vietnam Military History Museum and was once part of the Hanoi Citadel, built in 1812. It is composed of three tiers and a pyramid-shaped tower with a spiral staircase leading to the top inside it which offers a good view over the museums exhibits. The first tier is 42.5 m wide and 3.1 m high; the second - 25 m wide and 3.7 m high and the third - 12.8 m wide and 5.1 m high. The second tier has four doors. The words "Nghenh Huc" (meaning "To welcome dawn's sunlight") are inscribed on the eastern door; the words "Ha Quang" ("To reflect light") - on the western door and "Huong Minh" ("Directed to the sunlight") - on the southern door.

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  • Updated May 12, 2010
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