This week, Hanoi walking street is not stiffly crowded as the last weekend but still quite busy. The locals come here not only to enjoy Vietnamese traditional arts like Hat Xam or Trau Van but also to join in games including skipping, dragging on and so on.
The walking street is restricted to vehicles from 19:00 to 24:00 on every Friday to Sunday. After the first week which coincided with the National Foundation Ceremony, the pilot walking space around Hoan Kiem Lake has proved its effectiveness. Those streets are not so crowded as holiday time but remain busy at night.
During the time of waking streets, a number of modern and traditional arts and folk games, photos exhibition, calligraphy writing, portrait drawing, To He making or book gallery are taking place to serve visitors in the area of Ly Thai To statue, the area facing Ba Kieu Temple, Tran Ba, Ngoc Son Temple, Dong King Nghia Thuc Square, Ho Guom cultural centre, Ly Thai To Temple and so on. However, those activities take place mainly at night.
Besides, the appearance of walking streets makes the locals’ life to be reversed. Some parking spots open until 22:00 while some other spontaneous spots is more expensive than regulation.
Young couples spend their time with each other on walking streets
Buses are streamlined during the operation time of walking streets
Airy and bright space at Hang Khay – Trang Tien intersection
An attractive street performance of foreign artist
From the traditional game of dragging
To the modern dance of foreigners
Tourists can sit on electric vehicle to see the streets
Walking street is opened at Mid-Autumn Festival time
Traditional folk games of children in Vietnam are reappeared on the street, for example: "Ô Ăn Quan"
The space for traditional arts and painting in front of Ngoc Son Temple
Automatic machine to sell drinks on walking streets.
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