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Hanoi modern architecture buildings introduced in Japanese book

Some 100 architectural works in Hanoi are named in an upcoming Japanese book highlighting modern architecture in Southeast Asia.

The list includes the Mausoleum of President Ho Chi Minh, Hanoi Children's Palace, Dong Xuan market, St. Joseph's Cathedral, the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi, and Hanoi Opera House.

The Chu Van An high school, Hoa Lo prison, the Government guesthouse and the Vietnam National Museum of History also make it onto the list.

Assoc. Prof., Dr Pham Thuy Loan, vice head of the National Institute of Architecture, said that Vietnamese architects acquired Western concepts and expressed them in new forms that suit the local climate and culture after French colonial rule, despite shortages of infrastructure, material and technology.

The book features images and 200-word introduction of the iconic constructions in each Southeast Asian nation’s notable city.

It is a project initiated by the Tokyo University and its partners in Southeast Asia./.