The “French architecture in the heart of Hanoi” walking tour with a combination of automatic audio guide launched by the Vietnam National Museum of History (VNMH) in cooperation with Hanoitourist Corporation on October 23, 2021. This is the first safe tour in Hanoi in the new normal condition (after the fourth wave of the Covid-19 pandemic).
Participants of the opening ceremony included Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hoan - Deputy Director of Vietnam National Museum of History, Mr. Phung Quang Thang - Director of Hanoitourist Corporation, representatives of press and television agencies in Hanoi and visitors. Each tour group consists of no more than 10 people to ensure safety and abide by the current regulations.
Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hoan - Deputy Director of Vietnam National Museum of History giving a speech at the opening ceremony.
Mr. Phung Quang Thang and Ms. Nguyen Thi Thu Hoan shared with the public about the implementation process and the meaning of the tour "French architecture in the heart of Hanoi”. This tour combines traditional sightseeing with the application of automatic narration technology through scanning a QR code.
Joining the tour, visitors have a chance to explore the famous architectural works of Hanoi while walking on the streets. The first destination starts from the Vietnam National Museum of History. Visitors can admire and learn about the architecture of the VNMH’s building as well as three precious national treasures. They are Ngoc Lu bronze drum, Golden Books and Seals - the treasures symbolising the supreme power of the Nguyen Dynasty’s Kings, the last feudal dynasty of Vietnam. During the tour at the Museum, visitors can also experience an application of automatic narration. This is an useful application not only for visitors in the “new normal” safe tour, but also suitable for visitors to visit freely (without museum guides).
Visitors admiring and learning about precious national treasures at VNMH.
Visitors are also taken to the Hanoi Opera House and the historical relic of Tonkin Palace. Through explanations with rich and fascinating information, they can learn about the architectural, artistic and historical values of these two works. These are not only typical and famous architectural works of Hanoi but also places associated with important historical events, which is the General Uprising to seize power in Hanoi during the August Revolution in 1945.
Through the three destination tour, visitors have a grandstand view to identify and compare the remarkable values of the architectural works and styles, as well as Vietnam - Western acculturation in the early twentieth century. The objects displayed in the Vietnam National Museum of History are also connected to destinations from the perspective of architecture and historical events.
The museum guide introducing the architecture of VNMH’s building to visitors.
Mr. Phung Quang Thang, Director of Hanoitourist Corporation taking souvenir photos with visitors at the historical relic of Tonkin Palace.
As one of the visitors to experience the tour, Ms. Hong Lien (Hoang Minh Giam Str., Hanoi), expressed her feelings: “Listening to the guide’s explanations, I learn more about the artistic and historical value of the famous architectural works of Hanoi that are familiar to me. This is also an opportunity to take the children out to participate in experiential activities after the time of “social distancing”.
Visitors are guided to use the automatic narration device.
Visitors using smartphones to download the Audio Guide App.
The “French architecture in the heart of Hanoi” tour is held every weekend from October 23, 2021. This will be an impressive and attractive journey for those who want to learn about Hanoi.