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Ba Đình is an urban district of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Ba Dinh is the political center of Vietnam. Most of the government offices and embassies are located here. It was formerly called the "French Quarter" (Khu phố Pháp) because of a high concentration of French-styled villas and government buildings built when Hanoi was the capital of French Indochina. This name is still used in travel literature.[1] The wreckage of a B-52 bomber shot down during the Vietnam War can be seen in Huu Tiep Lake in the Ngoc Ha neighborhood.[2] The Southern half of Hoàn Kiếm district is also called a "French Quarter" also because of a large number of French-styled buildings, most of which are now used as foreign embassies.

Ba Dinh District

Quận Ba Đình
Presidential Palace in Ngọc Hà ward
Presidential Palace in Ngọc Hà ward
French Quarter (Khu phố Pháp)
Country Vietnam
Number of wards10
SeatLiễu Giai ward
 • Total32.27 km2 (12.46 sq mi)
 • Total225,910
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
WebsiteOfficial website (in Vietnamese)



Approximation of Hanoi's Old Quarter and French Quarters

It's surround at the north by Tây Hồ, to the east by Red River, to the south by Đống Đa, to the southeast by Hoàn Kiếm, to the west by Cầu Giấy.

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  1. ^ "French Quarter in Hanoi to be preserved", VietnamPlus, 18 Nov. 2010.
    Downs, Tom, Hanoi & Halong Bay encounter (2007), p. 66. " "Much of the appeal of Hanoi's French Quarter is in its colonial architecture".
  2. ^ "B-52 Wreckage". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2018-11-27.
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Coordinates: 21°02′12″N 105°50′10″E / 21.03667°N 105.83611°E / 21.03667; 105.83611