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Just around the corner (right) at 12 Ngo Quyen, the former French Palais du Gouvernement General is now used as the Government Guest House. Clearly, this building was designed on a grand scale to impress the Vietnamese and reflect the power of France. It must be said that the new French government administration buildings literally dwarfed the scale of Vietnamese architecture of the period and on one occasion at a reception for the last emperor, Khai Dinh, held in this very building, a Vietnamese journalist is said to have remarked, “The lai ceremony of Hue, set in its own suitable surroundings, is grand and impressive, whereas here, it seems mean and puny and extravagant”.

Government Guest House

Government Guest House

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Inside the Government Guest House ‘s elaborate wrought-iron gates and courtyard, apart from the ochre colour and green shuttered windows, this Neo-Classical building might have been a chateau lifted from Napoleonic France. A steep, tiled roof rises above the central foyer; plasterwork medallions festoon the facade, the corners marked by du Gouvernement General is now used as the Ionic pilasters, eloquently stating in architectural terms the grandeur of France’s ambitions for Indochina. A sweeping ornamental, central staircase opens on the raised ground floor to a vast entrance foyer, leading in turn to a grand circular salon looking out over the gardens. French administration offices occupied the

Inside the Government Guest House ‘s elaborate wrought-iron gates and courtyard, apart from the ochre colour and green shuttered windows, this Neo-Classical building might have been a chateau lifted from Napoleonic France. A steep, tiled roof rises above the central foyer; plasterwork medallions festoon the facade, the corners marked by du Gouvernement General is now used as the Ionic pilasters, eloquently stating in architectural terms the grandeur of France’s ambitions for Indochina. A sweeping ornamental, central staircase opens on the raised ground floor to a vast entrance foyer, leading in turn to a grand circular salon looking out over the gardens. French administration offices occupied the
wings of the raised ground floor, the two upper floors devoted to accommodation for the governor. It was designed by Charles Lichenfelder under Auguste-Henri Vildieu, head of Civil Construction in Indochina (1892-1906)

Government Guest House was designed by Charles Lichenfelder under Auguste-Henri Vildieu, head of Civil Construction in Indochina (1892-1906) and
completed in 1907. Continuing along Ngo Quyen is one of Hanoi’s oldest hotels.

Government Guest House

Government Guest House

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