Colorful innovation for Hanoi’s Hang Dau water tower

For the third consecutive year, the Hang Dau Water Tower in Hanoi will be lighted with all colours by Philips Lighting, from 6 until 27 April. This beacon of light marks the festive days in April for both the Netherlands and Vietnam. This project – jointly organized by the Hanoi People’s Committee and the Netherlands Embassy, and sponsored by Dutch company Philips Lighting – will serve as proof of friendship and close cooperation, especially in the field of water management, between the two countries.

Both Vietnam and the Netherlands have a history of living with water, and are now working on sustainable solutions for the future. This combination of new technology and history comes together at the Hang Dau water tower, one of Hanoi’s beautiful historic landmarks dating from 1894. It no longer provides Hanoi’s people with fresh water, but its usefulness has not been forgotten. With lighting the cylindrical water tower, the partners bring a fresh and innovative look to the landmark and remind local people of its beauty and original purpose. And with an eye on the future, Dutch company Philips Lighting – a global leader in energy-efficient city lighting – uses state-of-the-art technology to bring the tower back to life. Philips Lighting is also working on the smart lighting of another, more recent Hanoi landmark: the Nhat Tan bridge, gateway to Hanoi. It is foreseen to being completed on 30 April, Vietnam’s Victory Day.


Themed “Vietnam-Holland: Partners in water”, the orange spotlights reflect the strong bilateral partnership on climate change and water management. The Netherlands actively supports Vietnam in the implementation of the Mekong Delta Plan which provides a long-term vision for the sustainable development of this crucial region. Deputy Prime Minister Trinh Dinh Dung will visit the Netherlands to discuss the implementation of the Strategic Partnership Agreement on Water Management and Climate Change between the two countries.