Most Vietnamese and Westerners are familiar with the phrase “Hà Nội-ba mươi sáu phố phường” (known as “ Hanoi – 36 Old Quarters”) with crowed streets such as Hang Bai, Hang Dao, Hang Ngang, Hang Ma street, each of which embodies historic memories of the locals trying to protect and develop the country for thousands of years.
Due to their long-lasting age, the capital city is named Hanoi-36 old streets, the street have nearly 1000-year old history. It’s a surprising should you know that Hanoi’s old Quarter came into being at the Ly dynasty and located in east of imperial citadel of Thang Long to edge of Red river. In the past, artisans around Thang Long capital moved to the central city to do business, they gathered together to create the cooperative system to work and traded with each other in all of old streets. As the results, many of the streets were named by the name of the craft products sold there.
If you have a chance to get Hanoi culture tour, walk around The Old Quarter, even attend Hanoi sightseeing tour, you will be surprised by ancient architecture, locals life. Despite of over for centuries, some type of traditional products is maintained for now, Hang Ma glimmers with shiny paper products such as gifts wrapping, wedding decoration and miniature paper objects to burn for the dead. Hang Thiec street also produced old lamps, candle sticks, opium boxes. However, there are some crafts village that have been lost, even many of the streets no longer sell products after which they were named. Hang Quat, for example, used to sell fans but has changed its business to selling altars, embroidery paintings and parallel sentences for Tet holiday. Hang Buom sold purses, handbags and rush mats but changed to selling confectionery.
Sure that visitor will be attracted if they walk around old quarter. Hang Bac street, one of the oldest streets in Vietnam, offers jewelry of different types: engravers, smelters, polishers and gold-leaf makers. Hang Gai street is famous for bookstore, printed book store. There are many kind of hotel, restaurant, mini markets to serve tourists in along the streets. As you know, Hanoi’s road is very narrow and complex. So it’s is amazing if you know how to go around Hanoi, if not, let’s ask for Hanoi Travel Guide in any travel agency in Hanoi, they willl show you about what you want to know.
Wandering along the Old Quarters, you will notice that houses here are all built in traditional style of early twentieth century such as tilted tile roof with the front being used for household business. Inside these houses are many small narrow walk paths crossing one another and old moss-grown walls.
Old quarter is one of desired tourists destination in Hanoi, because of it’s historical value. If you want to fully explore the old quarter in Hanoi, so some of must-visit temple and pagoda you do, such as Ma May, Ba Chua temple, Cau Dong, Kim Co pagoda. Besides, Quan Chuong Gate is an interesting destination in Hang Chieu street, under Chuong Duong bridge, nearly Dong Xuan market and it has existed for hundreds of years since Nguyen Dynasty.
The Old Quarters is a must-visit destination for every tourist to Hanoi since it is such an historical area worth being maintained. Visitors here will get to enjoy the peaceful atmosphere that makes them feel relieved and pleased. If you want to change area, you can refer to take Perfume Pagoda Day Trip or Khai Nguyen Pagoda, which is not much far, especially you can avoid the many noisy in all day long.
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