Hanoi Old Quarter - A place to keep the soul of the capital

Referring to Hanoi, people not only think of Uncle Ho's Mausoleum, Sword Lake (Ho Guom), West Lake but also many will remember the old town. Considered a cradle to preserve what is ancient, nostalgic for a time It is still intact of the taciturn features in the flow of time, and this has become the reason for many travelers to visit here once in life.

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Hanoi Old Quarter
Ancient features of O Quan Chuong (Photo Linh Nguyen).
Hanoi Old Quarter is located in the Northwest of Hoan Kiem District, possessing a prime central location of the Capital. Referring to the old town of Hanoi, no one does not know the name of 36 streets. Each street retains its own distinctive characteristics, memories of history, people and the country. Experiencing many ups and downs, those streets still exist intact to this day.

Since ancient times, the old town is the name of an urban area, formed from the Ly - Tran dynasties, located in the east in the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long to the Red River. Previously, the craft villages surrounding Thang Long focused on trading, each street was a different craft village bearing the distinctive mark of urban residents and exchanging each other in daily life.

Therefore, today we see the streets in the old town have the word "Hang" at the top (Hàng means pointing to a profession that a street does). At this point, you have explained why Hanoi Old Quarter has 36 streets with the name of "Hang"?

What about the streets called "Hang" now?

The old town is quite large, so take full advantage of time to fully explore during the tour of Hanoi. Going through Hang Ma street, you will find shops specializing in worshiping, votive items, or Hang Thiec, selling household goods made from tin.

In the past, almost every street specialized in selling a brand-specific item, but now there are some streets with new and exotic items not following the old rules. Evidence like Hang Quat street, if previously trading fans and guitars, is now trading more items such as embroidery, couplets ...

Nostalgic, old features in the old town of Hanoi

Walking through the old town, visitors encounter images of mossy houses over time, now still standing before the changes of space and time. The tube houses, tiled roofs were built in the early twentieth century, with the small paths inside the house and the old building bricks were familiar scene unmistakably in the heart of the capital.

Visiting here, tourists should not miss the ancient temples such as Ma May temple, Ba Chua temple, Cau Dong pagoda, Kim Co pagoda ... Travelers also have the opportunity to visit the Quan Chuong gate - a landmark of a golden period of Capital of a thousand years of civilization.

If you ask if there is any image attached to the old town so that people can feel most clearly a simple, semplice and beautiful Hanoi, they are simply vendor pole, douhua cart with a lot of jangling sound around the streets or the delicious taste of the vermicelli bowl or the steaming noodle bowl in the early morning. All of which also captivates the hearts of visitors to stop to watch and enjoy.

Hanoi Old Quarter is not only stored but actually also the soul of the Capital. In contrast to the lavish, luxurious looks and modern architecture, the old town is simple and peaceful. A little quietly, a little elegance has urged many travelers to stop lingering on each time to the beloved Capital.

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