Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Hanoi has thirty- six streets and guilds.  Inside a hustles and bustles of city, there exists an antique quarter, the Hanoi old Quarter, which shows the eternal of Hanoi.

The Old Quarter is suited between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, and the Old Quarter (having 36 old streets inside). Then it is evolved into a cluster of villages made up of houses on stilts.  The area was named “Dominated Annam” or “Protected South” by the Chinese.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter was born under the time King Ly Thai. When Thang Long was selected as the capital of the country in 1010, the streets have about 1000 year old and it became more crowded and lively in the 15th century. Then still keep in their very 15th century ancient architect, so it creates a feature of the city.  Up to now, it has been the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam.

Its name origins: Hanoi with 36 old streets so it creates its name- Old Quarter or 36 Old Streets. For many years ago, when the artisans move to the capital to do business, they shared the resources. So the name of the street was named after the crafts which are sold in the street as Pho Hang Bun (Vermicelli), Pho Hang Ma (Paper Product), Pho Hang Bac (Silver), etc. Most tourists come to Vietnam with the purpose to explore the old streets and enjoy it charm.

If you want to buy the clothing ready made, embroidery, and silver products let come to the Hang Gai Street.  In Hang Quat, tourists were stunt by its brilliantly colored funeral and festival flags and religious objects and clothing.  These streets are connected by To Tich. Hang Ma is famous for shiny paper products, for example gift wrappings, wedding decorations and miniature paper objects to burn for the dead.  Visiting to Lan Ong Street the first impression is smells emanating from the sacks of the herbal medicinal products: leaves, roots, barks, and so on. Coming here, you may feel as if you were in a classical-styled area in terms of both architecture and product types!

Hanoi is often known with the name “36 Old Streets” but actually there are over “36 Old Streets”. Some researchers thought that the number had from the 15th century when 36 guild locations have been there. They were workshop area not streets. When the streets developed, they were named after the guild names. Nine times the four directions makes 36, this simply means “ many” In fact, there are now more than 70 streets in the area.

Nowadays, Hanoi capital changes a lots and Hanoi Old Quarter as well. Most of the old streets no longer sell the products as they were named. The Old Quarter has become the outstanding feature of Hanoi. And it is the inspiration of many masterpieces and also one of the desired tourist destinations in Hanoi.

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