Hanoi exhibition

The Hanoi Exhibition (Exposition de Hanoi) was a world's fair[1] held in Hanoi between November 16, 1902[1] and February 15[2] or 16,[1] 1903.

1902-1903 Hanoi
Grand Palais d'Expositions
BIE-classUnrecognized exposition
NameIndo China Exposition Française et Internationale
BuildingPalais d'expositions designed by Adolphe Bussy
Area41 acres (17 hectares)
Organized byPaul Doumer
CountryFrench Indochina (now Vietnam)
Coordinates21.0393206°N 105.8343995°E / 21.0393206; 105.8343995
Opening15 November 1902 (1902-11-15)
Closure15 or 16 February 1903


Hanoi had become the capital of French Indochina earlier in 1902 replacing Saigon. Earlier activities to mark the change included a festival on 26 February 1902 attended by emperor Thành Thái and the governor general Paul Doumer[2] and the opening of the Paul Doumer (now Long Biên) Bridge.[2] The exhibition was the idea of Paul Doumer.[3]

Grand Palais de l'Exposition

The site of the fair was the racecourse established in the early 1890s,[3] and its main building was the Grand Palais de l'Exposition (Vietnamese: Nhà Đấu xảo) designed by Adolphe Bussy.[4]

The preparation for the fair, especially the construction of the exhibition palace, left Hanoi's budget in deficit for a decade.[3]

When the Japanese took over Vietnam, they based their military and supply in the palace. Later, air raids at the end of World War II completely destroyed the building.[4]

The modern site of the palace now stands the Friendship Cultural Palace (Vietnamese: Cung Văn hoá Hữu nghị), a concert venue in southern Hoàn Kiếm District.


The fair showed products from France and her colonies, and from other territories in Southeast Asia: Dutch Indies, Burma,[2][5] China, Formosa (now Taiwan), Japan, Korea,[5] Malaysia, Malacca, the Philippines and Siam.[2][5]


As well as country displays there was a machine gallery,[6] a La Grand Roue amusement ride,[7] and art in the French Section of Fine Arts including work by Carolus-Duran.[4]


  1. Pelle, Findling, ed. (2008). "Appendix B:Fair Statistics". Encyclopedia of World's Fairs and Expositions. McFarland & Company, Inc. p. 415. ISBN 978-0-7864-3416-9.
  2. "1902 L'exposition de Hanoi World Expo" (in French). Retrieved July 28, 2015.
  3. Logan, William Stewart. Hanoi: Biography of a City. p. 93.
  4. Huan Do, Hanoi Colonial Buildings
  5. "L'Indochine Coloniale - Exposition d'Hanoi 1902" (in French). Retrieved July 20, 2015.
  6. "Hanoï la vie.com | Evenements | 1902 Exposition Galerie Des Machines.jpg" (in French). Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  7. "Hanoï la vie.com | Evenements | 1902 Exposition La Grande Roue.jpg" (in French). Retrieved 28 July 2015.
  • Poster for the exhibition
  • Hanoi postcards from turn of the 19th 20th century including several from the exhibition
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