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In photos: Vivid memmories of Hanoi in 1973

16:30 | 10/09/2020

A rare film photo series of Hanoi in 1973 was taken by a photographer working for the American Department of Defense. The collection is an invaluable insight into the past life in the capital.

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in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

The Ngo Quyen-Trang Tien intersection. The intersection is close to the famous Hoan Kiem Lake, downtown Hanoi, and is now frequented by a large influx of visitors every day.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Hanoians waiting to get inside the Cong Nhan Theater for a performance by the Kim Phung cải lương (reformed theater) troupe, according to Urbanist Hanoi.

According to Vietnam discovery, Cai Luong is a form of modern folk opera, particularly famous in Southern Vietnam. It is the convergence of southern Vietnamese folk songs, classical music, tuong (a Chinese-based classical theatre form) and modern spoken drama. It took origin in Southern Vietnam in the early 20th century and blossomed in the 1930s as a theatre of the middle class under the French colony. Listening to Cai Luong songs, one can feel their beautiful lyrics praising Vietnamese moral values. Hence, as time went by, cai luong has been preserved and become a national theatrical form desired by both Vietnamese people and foreign visitors.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Trang Tien Street in 1973. Nowadays, Trang Tien is a vibrant street lined with high-end plaza and stores.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

A Hanoi woman with her children.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

A section of the tramway network (now defunct) in front of the Thang Long Water Puppet Theater.

If you are ever in Hanoi it will be regretful to miss the Water Puppet Theater – even if you think you are not a puppet kind of person. Water Puppets literally means “puppets that dance on the water”. This Vietnamese Water Puppet show is not just geared for kids, but meant to delight adults as well.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

At a tramway stop.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Morning coffee for a multi-generational family.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Preparing fresh flowers for the altar.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Young kids at a kindergarten in Nghi Tam.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Bikes, white shirts, and pants were the common life necessities of the time.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

The sign said, "Nothing is more valuable than independence and freedom", the slogan is familiar to any Vietnamese.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Hoan Kiem Lake in 1973. Hoan Kiem lake is one of the most iconic symbols when it comes to Hanoi. The place is where flocks of visitors head to every day, especially at weekends when there are a number of cultural and traditional activities are held. A leisure walk around the lake would make anyone's day. Moreover, the place offers a cool, refreshing ambient for a morning exercise.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

A member of the Ho Chi Minh Young Pioneer Organization with her friend.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

A building at the Dien Bien Phu-Hang Bong corner.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Traditional musicians and singers during a performance.

in photos vivid memmories of hanoi in 1973
(Photo: Urbanist Hanoi)

Ongoing bridge construction.

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