Alteration in design and style took a great leap with the Palace of Hue (1800s).
This building incorporated numerous traditional aspects and some Chinese elements
while modernizing and was considered one of the finest structures in
Vietnam before it was destroyed in 1968 during the Vietnam War.
Also during the 1800s the French had colonized the country
and began building numerous French-styled buildings. Although many of these were
destroyed later, numerous examples still exist in most large cities.
During the early 1900s traditional buildings were continued, most commonly in a
style that was closely related to Chinese styles. However
these, and many earlier works, were destroyed during the Vietnam War in the 1950s-1970s.
Since 1970 some more traditional appearing buildings have been built, but the modern
movement, along with the technology from this and earlier movements has arrived
in stronger force. Both Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City are home to numerous modern building,
constructed from concrete, glass, and other modern materials.