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6/28/2019 9:48:22 AM

Go inside secret bomb shelter found in bowels of Hanoi’s oldest hotel

It was built more than a half century ago. But it remained hidden until only recently.
 
About eight years ago, employees of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi discovered a secret passageway in the city’s oldest hotel.
 

Under layers of concrete and sand, engineers renovating the hotel bar found a staircase leading to an underground bunker built in the 1960s to protect guests from American air strikes during the Vietnam War.

Among the low ceilings are lighting fixtures, electricity, and air ventilation shafts designed to provide enough air to last 40 guests about 30 minutes while waiting out bombings.

“This space serves as a memorial to their [the hotel workers’] courage and perseverance and to remember what should never be forgotten,” according to the hotel website.

 

The shelter was reopened in 2012. Hotel guests can take part in a guided tour.

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