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[Photos] Northern Vietnam at the Turn of the 20th Century

Northern Vietnam has arguably the most charm of any region in a country graced with an abundance of natural beauty.

So, what could possibly make it more charismatic? A bit of time travel and black and white photography.

This set of Tonkin photos was taken between 1905-10 and shows bygone scenes - city dwellers being toted around on rickshaws - in addition to those that can still be found today - peasants toiling in the fields on Hanoi's outskirts.

A market next to Sword Lake.

A view of The Huc Bridge and Ngoc Son Temple.

Women working in the Botanical Gardens.

Entrance to the Qua Pagoda.

Street vendors.

A village near Hanoi.

A Tonkin horse.

A disease purge ceremony.

Fishing in the Botanical Gardens' pond.

West Lake.

A village in the outskirts of Hanoi.

A pagoda in Bac Giang Province.

Pagoda in a small village.

A stilted shack.

Statues in a pagoda.

Fishermen's boat and home.

A water buffalo helps to plow a field outside of Hanoi.

[Photos via Flickr user manhhai]

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