Ba Đình District

Hanoi Vietnam Sơn Tây, Hanoi
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)
 • Total221,893
Time zoneUTC+7 (ICT)
WebsiteOfficial website (in Vietnamese)

Ba Đình is an urban district of Hanoi, the capital city of Vietnam. Ba Đình 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 Hữu Tiệp Lake in the Ngọc Hà neighborhood.[2] The southern half of Hoàn Kiếm district is also called the "French Quarter", also because of numerous French-styled buildings, most of which are now used as foreign embassies.


One of the oldest remaining structure in the neighborhood is the Temple of Literature, a Confucian sanctuary that was originally dedicated in 1070 under the Lý dynasty. In 1901, the Presidential Palace was built. On September 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence at Ba Dinh Square to approximately 500,000 people. Following his death in 1949, the preserved body of Ho Chi Minh was put on display in the Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum, located in Ba Dinh Square, in 1975.[3][4]


Approximation of Hanoi's Old Quarter and French Quarters

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

Administrative divisions

The district contains 14 wards (phường)

Ba Đình Square


International schools:

Notable buildings


  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.
  3. ^ "Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum". Atlas Obscura. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
  4. ^ "Rough Guides - Ba Dinh District". Rough Guides. Retrieved 2020-07-29.
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