To the west of Hoan Kiem lake is an area with old buildings, many of them of the French colonial era, and tree lined boulevards. Here there are many shops, malls and some hotels. St Joseph's cathedral was built between 1883 and 1891 and was the first colonial era building to be completed.

01 Fruits shop 02 Fruit vendor with baskets 03 Hapro shopping complex 04 Street 05 Street traffic and shop 06 Red flags
07 Red flags 08 Green pears 09 Apparel fashion shop 10 Avenue and shops 11 Policemen on motorbike 12 Clothes shop 13 Flags shop
14 Colonial era building 15 St Joseph cathedral 16 Inner court and parked motorbikes 17 Colonial era building
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