The Old Quarter is compared as Venice Citadel by Western tourists and up to now it still keeps as an unique ancient town in Vietnam.
The Old Quarter of Hanoi is often called the 36 Streets located in the city center of Hanoi, Hoan Kiem district, covering an area of 100 ha, the north is limited is by Hang Dau road, Hang Bong- Hang Gai – Cau Go and Hang Thung streets on the south, Tran Nhat Duat – Tran Quang Khai Street road on the East, Phung Hung on the West.
In the past, here was craft guilds. Each street is named for the goods: Hang Non (Hat street), Hang Chieu (Mat street), etc. In the Old Quarter, mixed with traditional houses is the works of culture, history, religion and cuisine restaurant. Old Town still retains architectural appearance of the people of Vietnam and Asia – forming a unique architectural complex – crowded streets. Many activities of daily living of urban residents in a crowded place: sales, manufacturing, entertainment, leisure, festivals, all creates full of vitality for the Old Quarter.
The Hanoi Old Quarter is a must visit in Hanoi. The “tube” house style in this area is narrow in width and deep in length. To witness them, tourists may walk along alleys in Hang Gai street.
The Old Quarter is facing tremendous volatility and complexity adapting to the development of social life and that is reason why some ancient houses, street segments are replaced by the new and modern block. But the old town is still full of charm with a small tube houses, and lovely moss, hiding in blue smooth and sweet fragrance of the tree leaves. The Old town never fades the pure and elegant beauty.
Recently, the city of Hanoi has restored a number of ancient houses in the Old Quarter. They are houses at 87 Ma May street and 38 Hang Dao Street.
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