The Old Quarter is the center the name commonly given to the historical civic urban core of Hanoi, located outside the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. This quarter used to be the residential, manufacturing and commercial center, originally consists of 36 main old streets where each street was specialized in one specific type of manufacturing or commerce. Therefore the Old Quarter is also known with another name Hanoi – 36 old streets.
Another feature of the old town is the architecture of the old houses in the downtown. The old houses are mainly tube houses, inclined tiled roofs, and the façade of shops selling irregular wooden boxes. Images of old houses and tiled roofs have been drawn into painting and poetry.
Visiting Hanoi Old Quarter you can walk around Old Street or experience electric car or cyclo. The Quarter has a lot of attractive tourist destinations. Here are some suggestions for you:
Ancient house 87 Ma May (Ma May street, Hang Buom ward). The house preserve the cultural and living beauty of people of Hanoi origin.
Dong Xuan Market is the most famous and oldest market in Hanoi established in 1889 where major selling is clothing and fabrics. Entering Dong Xuan market, you can step into a busy shopping area, bearing the image of a Hanoi in the early twentieth century.
Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son temple: Walking around Hoan Kiem Lake, visit Turtle Tower and Ngoc Son Temple is a destination not to be missed when traveling Old Town. Hoan Kiem Lake is the “heart of Hanoi people”, not only beautiful, airy space but also a tourist destination associated with the spiritual tradition of Hanoi people.
O Quan Truong – Hanoi’s only surviving city gate (Hang Chieu)
It is one of the five surviving examples of a nation’s golden age, the only surviving city gate of Hanoi that stands with the ravages of war and the ravages of time. This is also a testament to the strong vitality of our nation in the thousand years of civilization.
Shopping and dining in the Old Quarter
Coming to the Quarter you can not to be missed shopping and eating. Old Quarter with a lot of specialty dishes, you can enjoy. Some dishes that many people love and must eat when coming to the Old Town are: Trang Tien ice cream, Hang Buom bun noodles, boiled snails on Dinh Liet Street, fried heart of Nguyen Sieu Street, ..
About shopping, there are also billions of things that can be bought as gifts. Items you can buy as gifts such as crafts, shoes, clothes, food such as oysters…
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