Hanoi Old Quarter – A Unique Classical Feature of Vietnam

There’s an old Vietnamese saying, “Hanoi has thirty-six streets and guilds – Jam Street, Sugar Street, Salt Street…”. Inside a modern and dynamic city, there appears an antique quarter, the Hanoi’s Old Quarter – the represented eternal soul of the city, which is familiar with most Vietnamese and Westerners.


Location: It is located between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, the Old Quarter (consisting of 36 old streets inside) started as a snake and alligator-infested swamp.

Although the old section of Hanoi is often called the “36 Old Streets,” there are more than 36 actual streets. Some researchers believe that the number 36 came from the 15thcentury when there might have been 36 guild locations, which were workshop areas, not streets.

hng-yen-3fca8177f4d88d6f250461885eb1aa9eHanoi Old Quarter in the past.

rEzLh9AAn amazing view of Hanoi Old Quarter

mercato-di-hanoiRarely anywhere in the world where railroad tracks are located in the middle of residential areas such as Hanoi’s Old Quarter


All along the side streets and street corners shops sell big bowls of steaming pho or vendors sell their wares.

Years ago, different craftsmen came to work at the guilds represented in the different streets. Each street carries the name of the goods that used to be traded there. Nowadays, the street names don’t always match the products sold there. But today you can still find silver jewelry on Silver Street and silk and other clothing on Hang Gai or Hemp street.

5Hang Gai – Ancient street of silk is Hanoi

Vietnam Photographer Ehrin Macksey | http://www.ehrinmacksey.comA stall in Hang Trong Street

Hanoi-Old-Quarter-Paper-Street-1024x675The colorful stalls on Paper Street (Hang Ma) in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

How to explore a day in Hanoi Old Quarter: 

To fully explore the Old Quarter in Hanoi, prepare your feet for a day of walking street to street and taking in the locals’ daily life, the old-style narrow streets and houses, the colorful souvenir shops, and of course trying some of the most tasty traditional foods of Hanoians.

Many agree that joining a Hanoi walking tour or food tour offered by travel agencies will give foreign visitors a full experience of Hanoi Old Quarter, including the daily lifestyle, the history lesson and the feast for their tummies.

Hanoi and also Vietnam always welcome tourists from all over the world.

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