Hanoi Flag Tower
Hanoi Flag Tower
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This place was built between 1805 and 1812 under King Gia Long and is over 2 centuries old. It resembles an old stone fortress and has steps leading to the top where one can get a good view of the city. There are old cannon sitting at the base of the place at grand level.
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  • Susan C
    Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Imposing tower in Vietnam Military Museum
    Last time, in 2019, I couldn't work out how to see the tower because we didn't understand the instruction to visit via the coffee shop. I think you are able to see this tower from the Highlands Coffee shop but we saw it from the Vietnam Military Museum (entry fee required) where we were able to visit the first two levels. It definitely dominates the outside area and the views are good.
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • Tu-Anh P
    Kailua-Kona, Hawaii121 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Cột cờ Hà Nội, one of the symbols of the Hanoi
    The Flag Tower (Cột cờ Hà Nội) is one of the symbols of Hanoi. It is located in the Vietnam Military History Museum. The tower was built in the early 1800s during the Nguyen dynasty as an observation post to the Hanoi Citadel.
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 January 2024
  • BrakiWorldTraveler
    Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Flag Citadel by the History Museum
    The Citadel where's the tower with a big Vietnamese flag dates back to early 19 century when it was built by Nguyen dynasty. It's an attractive site, however not much to do there. On the day of our visit, the tower was closed for climbing up, but we could climb the second Citadel platform for free. Next door is the History Museum (paying, read that review).
    Visited January 2024
    Travelled with family
    Written 10 February 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,797 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The Citadel where's the tower with a big Vietnamese flag dates back to early 19 century when it was built by Nguyen dynasty.
It's an attractive site, however not much to do there. On the day of our visit, the tower was closed for climbing up, but we could climb the second Citadel platform for free. Next door is the History Museum (paying, read that review).
Written 11 February 2024
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Tu-Anh P
Kailua-Kona, HI121 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
The Flag Tower (Cột cờ Hà Nội) is one of the symbols of Hanoi.

It is located in the Vietnam Military History Museum.

The tower was built in the early 1800s during the Nguyen dynasty as an observation post to the Hanoi Citadel.
Written 27 January 2024
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Susan C
Melbourne, Australia871 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Sept 2023 • Couples
Last time, in 2019, I couldn't work out how to see the tower because we didn't understand the instruction to visit via the coffee shop. I think you are able to see this tower from the Highlands Coffee shop but we saw it from the Vietnam Military Museum (entry fee required) where we were able to visit the first two levels. It definitely dominates the outside area and the views are good.
Written 1 October 2023
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Shelley M
Albany, New Zealand883 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2023
Looks really good lit up at night. Is between a large cafe and the museum. Get good views for the base of the tower after you drag your sons away from all the cannons at the bottom. Tiny little stairs, but not hard to get up for a look if you want to. Get good photos from there.
Written 2 May 2023
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Craig R
Yarrawonga, Australia1,651 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Located in the grounds of the Vietnam Military History Museum, an impressive looking structure built between 1805 and 1812, and stands about 40 metres high. You can walk up to the base of the tower. Around the base of the structure there are old artillery cannons with plates describing the history of each one. Well worth a look.
Written 5 April 2023
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palawanismyhome
Palawan Island, Philippines24,563 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2022
The Flag tower was constructed in 1812 during the Nguyen Dynasty and was used as a lookout tower at the Citadel. It is built from stone and is 33m tall, another 7m with the flag
Written 31 December 2022
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Guy T
London, UK683 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
We went here to look a the flag tower and didn’t realise there was a whole museum attached but we were pleasantly surprised. There are so many exhibits to look at including a few fighter jets and a chinook which were really interesting. They have created a brilliant display made up of wreckages of American and french planes that had been downed during conflicts. There is so much information and the museum is really well laid out.

It’s really worth a visit and you could spend hours here.

There is also then the flag tower which you can climb the base of which gives an awesome view of the exhibits and the citadel.
Written 5 March 2020
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Rincewind
Anshan, China180 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
When visiting the Military Museum, you can also go part the way up this tower and get a view of the surrounding city and an areal view of the museum's exhibits. Doesn't cost anything.
Written 5 February 2020
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digitalroc
Calgary, Canada1,869 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
The tower was built in 1812 during the Nguyen dynasty as an observation post for the Hanoi Citadel. It is currently part of the Vietnam Military History Museum, which requires an admission fee. However once you see it up close, it becomes just another photo opportunity. Climb the stairs to the top and you can get a decent view of the city.
Written 11 January 2020
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Mark
21 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
While the tower itself is impressive, its best feature is the view it provides of the Vietnamese Army Museum outside of which sit immense piles of American military detritus sometimes called "The Garden of Broken Toys." Jets, helicopters, bombers, fighters, tanks, artillery pieces and ordnance of all type can be seen from the tower--an expanse of captured and destroyed materials from the American War. The tower's stairs are a bit steep and maybe not accessibly for elderly or physically disabled travelers--and are definitely slippery when it rains. At its base are cannons from ancient (firing marble balls) to modern. If you're visiting the Army museum--and you better, it is by my estimation one of the best museums in the country if you're interested in military history--the tower is right next to it, it's free and it almost always catches a little bit of a breeze. A massive Vietnamese flag flutters from the top giving the tower its name and making it a nice photo op. I've been there twice and it was almost always empty in a city where everything is often quite busy. A great stop--especially for the view it provides. Go now!
Written 8 January 2020
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