“Highlighting the Beauty of Hanoi: 18th ‘Hanoi in My Heart’ Photo Exhibition”

This morning (October 5), Economic & Urban Newspaper and the Hanoi Elderly Photography Club opened the 18th Hanoi in My Heart photo exhibition at the Temple of Literature-Imperial Academy. The theme of the exhibition is ‘Hanoi - 15 Years After Administrative Boundary Extension’.


The exhibition showcases over 80 captivating photographs capturing the authentic perspective of photographers and journalists on the significant milestone of Hanoi’s administrative boundary extension, marking 15 years since the event. This exhibition is a celebration of the 69th anniversary of the Capital Liberation Day, which took place from October 10, 1954, to October 10, 2023.

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 The opening ceremony of “Hanoi in My Heart” took place on 5 October at Temple of Literature, Hanoi

According to Nguyen Thanh Loi, the Editor-in-Chief of the Economic & Urban Newspaper, the 15-year period of administrative boundary expansion is a short, yet immensely significant time in the developmental history of the thousand-year-old capital city.

“These photographs, captured by seasoned photographers, hold immense value as they depict an evolving Hanoi heading towards progress. Present-day Hanoi is synonymous with a dynamic landscape featuring verdant surroundings, state-of-the-art infrastructure, and seamless traffic flow. Moreover, it stands as a hub of creativity, embodying the ideals of a refined and peaceful metropolis,” stated Lơi.

Vice Chairman of the City People’s Committee, Ha Minh Hai, expressed his admiration for the “Hanoi in My Heart” photo exhibition during his attendance at the opening ceremony of the event.

“Through the lens of experienced photographers, the captivating visuals of Hanoi evoke a unique and emotive response, offering viewers a deeper comprehension of the city’s evolution since its administrative boundaries expanded fifteen years ago.”

“I am confident that this exhibition will not only showcase the exquisite beauty of Hanoi, our capital city, but will also offer an opportunity to share this splendor with both local and international visitors through various engaging events,” he further emphasized.

 The photo exhibition “Hanoi in My Heart” is an annual event held by Economic & Urban Newspaper every autumn. Photo: Nga Chu

The 2023 edition of “Hanoi in My Heart” is themed “Hanoi – 15 Years After Administrative Boundary Extension”. It showcases three distinct areas of focus: “Hanoi’s Spectacular Rise”, “New-Style Rural Areas in Hanoi”, and “Cultural Identity of the Capital”.

“Hanoi’s Spectacular Rise” showcases the remarkable socio-economic progress of Hanoi City after 15 years of expanding its administrative boundaries. This exhibition presents a collection of images highlighting the city’s urbanization process, key urban development projects, significant transportation initiatives including the construction of Ring Road 4-Capital Region, Cat Linh-Ha Dong, and Nhon-Hanoi Railway Station metro lines, as well as the upgrading of National Highway 6. Additionally, the exhibition highlights Hanoi’s role as a host for major international events such as the historic 2019 North Korea-United States Summit and the successful organization of the 31st SEA Games.

Some notable works of photography capture the effective leadership and management of Hanoi’s city officials. One such example is the photograph titled “Hanoi Party Committee Secretary Dinh Tien Dung Checks the Progress of the Ring Road 4-Capital Region Project” by Thanh Hai. Another notable work is “Hanoi People’s Committee Chairman Tran Sy Thanh Inspects a Transportation Project in Thanh Xuan District” by Nhat Nam. These photographs showcase the dedication and involvement of Hanoi’s leaders at various levels of government.

 Vice Chairman of Hanoi People’s Committee Ha Minh Hai (central), Editor-in-chief of Economic & Urban Newspaper Nguyen Thanh Loi (second from right) and guests to the exhibition. Photo: Thanh Hai

Thanks to exceptional leadership, the cityscape of the capital has undergone significant transformation, becoming increasingly spacious, modern, and civilized. This can be seen in the works highlighted by Nguyen Thi Kim Thoa’s insightful article titled ‘Hanoi’s Transport System becomes Increasingly Complete and Uniform’, as well as Quang Minh’s piece on the ‘Urban Railway’ and its potential to serve as the backbone of the capital’s mass transit network. Additionally, Tran Nhu highlights the development of the ‘Thang Long Industrial Park, Dong Anh District’, and the strides made in establishing the ‘Hoa Lac Hi-Tech Park’.

The second part of the exhibition is titled “New-Style Rural Areas in Hanoi.” This section showcases various artworks that depict the transformations occurring in Hanoi’s countryside. The artworks focus on different aspects, including the development of infrastructure and housing, innovative approaches to agriculture, rural life, industrial zones and clusters, rural craft villages, ancient houses, laterite houses, and most notably, the changes occurring in mountainous ethnic minority areas and the former districts of Hoa Binh Province, 15 years after their integration into Hanoi.

The thematic area “Cultural Identity of the Capital” showcases the distinctive characteristics of the Thang Long – Hanoi culture combined with Doai (Western Thang Long) culture, as well as a plethora of historical and cultural relics that establish Hanoi as a prominent cultural hub of the nation. Prominent photographs include “Unique King’s Procession Ritual on Festival Days” captured by Le Phu, “Culinary Space on a Familiar Street” by Duy Khanh, and “Millennial Cake Procession Ritual” photographed by Nguyen Trong Nghi.

The website showcases a range of engaging visuals representing the Creative City’s vibrant cultural identity, integrated cultural industries, as well as creative and cultural spaces. It also features pedestrianized areas such as Hoan Kiem Lake, Trinh Cong Son and Tran Nhan Tong walking streets, and the historic Son Tay Ancient Citadel. Visitors can explore famous tourist attractions and landscapes in both the city center and its outskirts, while also learning about traffic culture and the preservation efforts for ancient buildings.

Making a Good Impression on Travelers

 Foreign visitors to the exhibition. Photo: Thanh Hai

The 18th season of the highly anticipated cultural event, “Hanoi in My Heart,” carries on its tradition at the iconic Temple of Literature. This renowned historical site attracts numerous visitors, both from within the country and abroad.

As a tourist from Bac Giang province,

Pham Thanh Son

said he was very impressed by the photo entitled

“Hoa Binh Park – A Symbol of Peace in the Capital”

by photographer Cong Pham.

“Exploring the capital’s beauty from a bird’s eye perspective reveals its true grandeur. Although I had been there previously, I was astounded by the park’s breathtaking beauty. The photographer’s expertly captured angle allows viewers to intimately experience the scene from a detailed perspective that surpasses what the naked eye can perceive.”

Betty, a tourist from the Netherlands, expressed her admiration for a photo titled “Xu Doai” or ‘The Land of Doai’ by author Tu Van Chi in an interview with The Hanoi Times.

“Every element of this photograph is impeccably arranged, from the stunning scenery to the thoughtful composition. The image captures two women skillfully winnowing rice under the ethereal glow of sunlight. Their unwavering focus on their task is evident. The peaceful and captivating beauty of the Vietnamese rural scene is also captured exquisitely. Notably, the photographer expertly seized the poignant moment when slanted rays of sunlight descended from above,” she remarked.

Hanoi is our initial destination on a 10-day travel itinerary in Vietnam. The city strikes a balance between modernity and a nostalgic, poetic ambiance. Vietnam itself is a stunning country that we fully intend to further explore in the future.



 The photo titled “The Colors of Quang Phu Cau” by photographer Van Phuc 

David Porterfield, a tourist from the United States, expressed his fascination with the photograph titled “The Colors of Quang Phu Cau” by photographer Van Phuc.

The photograph showcased captures the essence of the incense making profession in the suburbs of Hanoi, skillfully portraying its vibrant composition and colors. This highlights the photographer’s artistic vision. The exhibition features a collection of stunning photographs that beautifully capture the essence of Hanoi – Vietnam, showcasing its scenic beauty and cultural highlights.

“The photographers showcased in this exhibition have demonstrated exceptional professionalism and an keen eye for capturing extraordinary moments. The photographs presented display superior quality and encompass a wide range of captivating subjects. Furthermore, as a foreign visitor, this exhibition grants me a remarkable insight into the rich and vibrant Vietnamese culture,” he expressed.

The annual cultural event, named “The Meaningful Annual Cultural Event“, is a highly anticipated gathering that celebrates the rich heritage and diverse traditions of our community. Organized every year, this event provides a platform for individuals to showcase their artistic talents and promote cultural exchange.

Now in its 18th year, the ‘Hanoi in My Heart’ photo exhibition is a renowned annual event organized by Economic & Urban Newspaper, which serves as the official publication of the municipal People’s Committee.

The event has experienced substantial growth over the course of almost twenty years, garnering significant attention from the public. The photos have received positive feedback for capturing meaningful moments that resonate with individuals.

Several photographs showcased at the exhibition have been previously featured in the esteemed photo columns ‘Hanoi in My Heart’ and ‘Elegant and Civilized Hanoi’ of the Economic & Urban Newspaper’s weekend editions and online version, respectively.

The photo entitled “Xu Doai” or ‘The Land of Doai’ by Tu Van Chi

The exhibition serves as a prestigious platform showcasing the finest and most commendable works by members of the esteemed Hanoi Veteran Photographers’ Club, along with the contributions of reporters and valued collaborators from the Economic & Urban Newspaper. This artful display captures the remarkable advancements made by the city since its administrative boundaries were expanded in 2008.

The photographs display the remarkable accomplishments of Hanoi across various domains of socio-economic development. These include progress in construction, effective urban management, robust national defense and security, enhanced cooperation and integration, as well as the establishment of efficient Party committees and political systems at every level, among other notable achievements.

Hanoi is a city that is rapidly evolving and demonstrating its creative and dynamic development. The city places great emphasis on social security, urban environment, and new rural construction. As a result, Hanoi has solidified its position and reputation as a cultured, civilized, and modern capital. Its ongoing development has further enhanced its image and increased its appeal to both domestic and international visitors.

The exhibition will be held for a duration of seven days, commencing on October 5 and concluding on October 11. This event will take place at the esteemed Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam Center for Cultural and Scientific Activities, located in the vibrant city of Hanoi. Subsequently, the captivating photos showcased at this exhibition will be available for viewing at the Cat Linh skytrain Station from October 12 to 15, followed by an extended display at the Hanoi Museum, spanning from October 16 to 30.

 The countryside village of Doan Nu, My Duc Commune, Hanoi. Photo: Dao Minh Xuyen
 “The Colour of Hanoi’s UrbanArea” by Hoang Thi Hoan
 Flower Season of Hanoi. Photo: Giang Nam
 “Hoa Binh Park – A Symbol of Peace in the Capital” by Cong Pham