Referring to Hanoi, everyone must know about “Hanoi 36 Streets” or “Hanoi Old Quarter”, with the streets that have kept the historical memory of the capital. The old town is now an attractive tourist destination that visitors cannot ignore when coming here. Now, let’s explore the Hanoi Old Quarter with the Vietnam Reviewer through the following article!
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Where is the Hanoi Old Quarter?
Hanoi Old Quarter is located to the west and north of Hoan Kiem Lake, including 36 streets, each street focusing on selling a different product. The border of the Old Quarter in the North is Hang Dau Street, the West is Phung Hung Street, the South is the streets of Hang Bong, Hang Gai, Cau Go, and Hang Thung, and the East is Tran Quang Khai and Tran Nhat Duat Streets.
How to get to the Old Town?
How to go to Hanoi Old Quarter? There are many ways for you to choose to go to Hanoi Old Quarter such as bus, motorbike taxi, motorbike, taxi… If you go by bus, you can choose the bus routes: 09, 14, 36 to Go to Hoan Kiem lake or 03, 11, 14, 18, 22, 34, 40 to get to O Quan Chuong.
Places to play and visit in Hanoi’s Old Quarter
Let’s discover what interesting places to visit in Hanoi Old Quarter!
Hoan Kiem Lake
Also known as Ho Guom, it is associated with the legend of the Tortoise claiming the sword. Hoan Kiem Lake is located in the city center, which attracts a lot of domestic and foreign tourists. Besides the lake, there are many other tourist attractions: Ngoc Son Temple, Thap But, The Huc Bridge,… Here you can enjoy the famous Trang Tien ice cream. Hoan Kiem Lake is a place not to be missed when traveling to Hanoi’s Old Quarter.
Dong Xuan Market
Dong Xuan Market is one of the largest markets in Hanoi and also the largest market located in Hanoi’s Old Quarter. Coming here, you will witness the bustling and bustling shopping scene, and the sale of many items. You can go to Dong Xuan Market to choose and buy gifts for your loved ones.
Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple is located in Ngoc Island of Hoan Kiem Lake, where Van Xuong and Duc Thanh Tran. To enter the temple you have to go through The Huc Bridge. The Ngoc Son Temple complex is ranked as a special national monument in Vietnam. Here you will learn about the legend of Sword Lake or the history of Hanoi.
Ma May Ancient House
As one of the attractive places to visit in the old town, the old house at 87 Ma May is a traditional house that recreates the living space and features of the people of old Hanoi. The house is open regularly for tourists to visit, the entrance fee is 10,000 VND.
Hang Ma Street
Located in the Old Quarter, Hang Ma Street is considered one of the busiest and most colorful streets in Hanoi. Especially on holidays and New Year, the street is decorated with lanterns, glowing toys, and balloons, making this place not only filled with sound, color, and light but also imbued with the spirituality of the East.
Bach Ma Temple
Bach Ma Temple is one of the four towns of the ancient Thang Long citadel, located in the middle of Hang Buom street, at numbers 76-78. In the temple of the god Long Do and the white horse, many historical records have been recorded. This is a thousand-year-old cultural and historical relic, the oldest among the ancient temples of Thang Long citadel that have survived until now.
Ta Hien Street
This is a small street located in the heart of Hanoi that is always crowded with people. This is a famous beer-drinking place in Ha Hoi that is loved by young people in the country and internationally. After drinking beer right there, there is also a 1900 Bar around 9 o’clock with music you can come in to dance. This place is also known as the “international crossroads” which has been included in the list of “must-visit places” when traveling to Hanoi of foreign tourists.
O Quan Chuong
O Quan Chuong is one of the five remaining doorways of the ancient Thang Long Citadel, designed in the style of a gazebo – a typical architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty. The name of the gate is given by the people to remember the merits and heroic sacrifices of the official Chuong Co during the anti-French period.
Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market
Hanoi Old Quarter Night Market is open from 6 pm to 11 pm every Friday, Saturday and Sunday are some of the busiest trading venues with the number of participating stalls up to nearly 4,000. The items here are very diverse and rich from clothes to shoes, household appliances, crafts, souvenirs… at affordable prices.
On every Saturday evening, the two ends of the street organize performances, cultural exchanges, and traditional folk art such as Cheo Xam, Quan Ho, Ca Tru. This is unique to the old town night market that attracts a lot of visitors, especially foreign tourists.
Hanoi Old Quarter Travel Schedule
- In the morning, you can visit Dong Xuan Market Lane to enjoy the dishes here such as Bun Oc, Pho, Bun Rieu,… After having breakfast, you can go to the market to visit the stalls. Then you can continue your journey to places like O Quan Chuong, Ma May Ancient House, Bach Ma Temple.
- At noon, you can choose to eat Bun Cha Hang Manh, Bun Dau in Phat Loc lane, or fried chicken island rice on Ma May street. In the afternoon you continue to visit Hoan Kiem Lake and Ngoc Son Temple.
- In the evening, if it is on the weekend, you can go for a walk in the pedestrian street, explore the night market. Or you can go to Tay Ta Hien Street to eat and drink and watch the bustle of the city.
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