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French president to visit famous ancient house in Hanoi

French president to visit famous ancient house in Hanoi

Tuesday, September 06, 2016, 16:56 GMT+7

French President Francois Hollande will visit an ancient house in Hanoi as part of his first trip to Vietnam.

President Hollande is expected to come to the old structure at 87 Ma May Street in Hoan Kiem District, the Vietnam National Administration of Tourism (VNAT) announced Monday on its website.

The wooden house, which is among fourteen ancient dwellings built in the 1890s, has long been known as a symbol which honors Hanoi’s long-standing history.

It covers a total area of 157.6 square meters.

The building was fully restored in 1999 as part of a joint program between Hanoi and Toulouse, a city in France, and was recognized as Vietnam’s national heritage in 2004.

The house has also been a well-known tourism destination which brings foreign travelers a better understanding of the culture and lifestyle of Hanoi people.

President Hollande will also spend time ambling along some streets in the peaceful ancient town of Hanoi before relaxing at a nearby well-known coffee shop, the VNAT said.

The official visit of the French president is scheduled for September 6 to 7, during which he will concentrate on measures that will help Vietnam boost environmental protection, ensure food safety, and overcome challenges brought about by climate change.

He is accompanied by Minister of Finance Michel Sapin, Minister of State for Development and Francophonie André Vallini, and Martine Pinville, Secretary of State in charge of Trade, Crafts and Social Solidarity Economy, during his trip to Vietnam.

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