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The priceless experiences in 36 Streets in Hanoi Old Quarter (Updated!)
The capital of Hanoi has many symbolizing names which people shall all think of whenever mentioning about this city, including the thousands of years Hanoi, Thang Long – Hanoi, Hanoi in autumn or 36 streets Hanoi Old Quarter. The writer Thach Lam is the author of the work called “Hanoi ba sau pho phuong” published in 1943 which depicts Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 streets. However, “36 pho phuong” is…
The capital of Hanoi has many symbolizing names which people shall all think of whenever mentioning about this city, including the thousands of years Hanoi, Thang Long – Hanoi, Hanoi in autumn or 36 streets Hanoi Old Quarter.
The writer Thach Lam is the author of the work called “Hanoi ba sau pho phuong” published in 1943 which depicts Hanoi Old Quarter with 36 streets. However, “36 pho phuong” is not the exact name for the Old quarter as there are up to 76 streets of 10 wards in this area. It was just a conventional name for the area both inside and outside the area of the old quarter.
If you have ever had some days in Hoi An Old Town, definitely Hoi An has make you been impressed by the row of old houses and lovely Thu Bon river. Particularly, you will be fallen in love with Hanoi Old Quarter at the first time. Besides, it’s good chance to taste the Hanoi street food in both of street vendors or restaurants.
Except for variety of culture, attractions, the best foods. One of the most famous typical features of the old quarter is the handicraft streets. Craftsmen from the craft villages nearby the old Thang Long area have been gathering at the old quarter to develop their careers.
In the past, the trading boats can enter the areas for doing business making these streets develop strongly. The product traded in each street area became the name of the street. Each street is specializing in a certain kind of product.
At present, some streets maintaining their traditional kind of product for sales including Hang Ma Street (worshipping items in paper), Hang Tre (bamboo products), Hang Thiec (tin products), Thuoc Bac (Northern medicine.
Besides, some other streets although do not maintain their traditional handcrafts, they have the same kind of product to be sold. For example Hang Quat Street is for worshipping items, Hang Buom Streets is for ), Hang Tre (bamboo products), Hang Thiec (tin products), Thuoc Bac (Northern medicine.
Besides, some other streets although do not maintain their traditional handcrafts, they have the same kind of product to be sold. For example Hang Quat Street is for worshipping items, Hang Buom Streets is for confectionary, Ma May Street is specialized in tourism service, etc.,
• Hang Bong is the street named after the career of producing cotton blankets and selling this kind of product.
• Hang Ma Street in the past was the trading place for paper products serving worshipping demands of the locals. At first, there were just paper money which we often use to burn on the special occasion like the death day of the people passed away.
Later, the the trading products have been extended to paper houses, equipment or human’s shape. At present, Hang Ma Street become a crowded place for a large number of people to gather at the occasions of Mid-autumn Festival, Tet with various kinds of product including toys. In addition, this area is also the trading place for wedding decorations with colorful and eye catching items made from paper.
• Ma May Street is the area of two streets including Hang Ma and Hang May at the section of next to Hang Buom Street, on the side of Nhi River. In the past, this area is the gathering place for boats from other regions carrying products made of rattan, bamboo and so on for trading.
• Hang Bac Street (Silver) is the street where Mr. Luu Xuan Tin was permitted to set up a silver casting workshop by the king to serve the demands of the court. The and his relatives and other people from Chau Khe Village in Thuc Khang, Binh Giang, Hai Duong came to the area to set up the silver casting street with the headquarter at No. 58, Hang Bac Street.
• Hang Dao Street is the trading place for silk and fabric. The word of Dao means the color of red, which is the color of fabric.
• Hang Luoc Street which is the one between Hang Cot and Cha Ca Street is the street of many traders for combs including wooden combs, horn combs and plastic combs.
• Hang Chai Street (Bottle) is not the street where exist bottle producers or traders, but is the gathering place of the poor earning their living by the jobs of collecting wastes. The street is a little lane connecting Hang Ruoi Street and Hang Cot Street.
• Hang Ga Street (Chicken) which stretches from Hang Dieu Street to Hang Cot Street is the gathering place of many traders for cattle including chicken, duck, dove, turkey, goose and so on.
• Hang Chinh Street which is also called as Rue des Vases by the French is the street leading to the river shores. The street served as the destination for boats and ships carrying ceramic vase made in Phu Lang Phu Lang Village, clay pots and vase from Huong Canh and Tho Ha to come for trading.
• Hang Dong Street and Bat Su Street are all called Rue des Tasses which meant Cups Streets under French colony management time. Hang Dong and Hang Ma streets were belong to the area of Yen Phu Village which was famous with the career of trading for bronze products including trays, pots, incense bowls, vases and so on.
Hanoi Old Quarter has long been known as the spiritual symbol of Hanoi with the fusion of past and modern life as well as the history of Hanoi capital. Apart from exploring 36 Hanoi Old streets, you can also plan a Hanoi trip for some days. Hanoi offers a lot of attractive destinations and historical sites you should not miss!
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