As the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam, Hanoi’s Old Quarter has a history that spans 2,000 years and represents the eternal soul of the city. For those who visit Hanoi with a genuine desire to have a grasp of the city’s culture or a curiosity to travel back in time, Ha Noi Old Quarter is a must-go place that they definitely should not be missed by any means.
Located in the middle of Ha Noi, a rapidly developing city where changes take place every hour, Ha Noi Old Quarter with its old-styled narrow streets full of antique brick houses seems to nostalgically resist the flow of time while still actively trying to adapt to the dynamic atmosphere of the modern city.
Interestingly, Old Quarter is also known as the “36 Streets” because of the famous streets that make up the place, all named for the type of goods or service they were originally known for. There are streets which are named for selling silk, shoes, jewelry
etc. Some of these streets still retain their original purpose so don’t be surprised when foreign tourists come across streets with most or all stores selling similar stuff or service.
Foreign tourists say: “Difficult to Walk, but Fascinating to Observe”
The Old Quarter is the heart and soul of Hanoi – there is so much going on here at any one time, your head is spinning. Life spills out of the homes onto the sidewalks, creating a fascinating scene, but also making walking through the area frustrating and not very safe, as you are forced into the streets where the motorbike hordes run you over. The heart of the Old Quarter is around the lake, where you can find more touristy restaurants and shops – much of the rest of the area you will find more local places, with tiny stools on the sidewalks serving Pho or small run-down cafes. These areas are not for everyone, but even if you don’t want to duck in and try some street food, it’s interesting to see. Nice to pick a particularly active area and sit with a beer and watch the chaos of Hanoi go by.
So this time, you have time to discover a “big village” as people said in Hanoi, We love this 1000-year-old village, you will love more if you know how to discover.
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