Over 500 photos, mainly black-and-white, depicting the French architectural imprints on Hai Phong urban development are put on display in the northern port city, as part of activities to mark the 40 th anniversary of the Vietnam – France diplomatic ties.

The exhibits paint a picture of the city since 1874 with French-styled office buildings, banks, villas and cultural facilities like the municipal Opera House and port.

Co-hosted by the Vietnam- France Friendship Association and the Hai Phong Association of Architects, the event which was started on December 28 will run until January 5.-VNA