Hanoi travel guide

Hanoi - Capital of vietnam, located on the banks of the Red River, is one of the most ancient capitals in the world, where travellers can find well-preserved colonial buildings, ancient pagodas, and unique museums within the city centre.

Hanoi Old Quarter

The Old Quarter covers an area of 100 ha, just north of the central Hoan Kiem Lake. Founded in early 15th century, the Old Quarter is considered as the oldest city in south-eat Asia. The original 36 streets that make up the Old Quarter are named after the goods once sold there such as silk, paper, silver, copper, herbs, cotton, fish and chicken...These street names all begin with the Word “Hang” - in Vietnamese means merchandise: Hang Gai - Silk Street, Hang Duong - sugar street, Hang Ma - Paper street... The very symbolic street is Hang Thiec (Tin street) where the deafening sound of hammers striking tin plates is heard all day long. Hanoi's Old Quarter bears not just the cultural values of the capital, but the historical one of a 1, 000 year old capital. The Old Quarter's character lies in its architecture, with “tube-shaped house” (narrow in width, but long and deep behind). They now become the long, narrow shop houses which sometimes end on another street. From ancient time till now, the Old Quarter has been the most crowded and busiest area in Hanoi. According to a recent survey, there are now 15, 270 house-hold living in the Old Quarter, with over 66, 000 registed residents.

Right in the heart of the Old Quarter lies Dong Xuan Market which is already over 100 years old. This is the biggest market in Hanoi so far.
Hanoi travel guide

Hanoi - City for Peace

  • Vietnamese: Hà Nội
  • Location: Northern Vietnam
  • Capital of vietnam

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