Reclaiming Identity

JENNIFER MELICK discovers that the elegant old Hanoi Opera House, a symbol of French cultural domination, has little in common with the teeming, fast-paced city that surrounds it.

Hanoi HDL
The exterior of the Hanoi Opera House
© Chris Lee 2010
I was first drawn to Hanoi the day I saw a photo of its perfect yellow opera house. It faces a grand city plaza with five major avenues as arteries, instantly commanding attention by virtue of its sca...

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