Hanoi The Old Quarter
Vietnamese people say that Hanoi has 36 streets and guilds such as Sugar Street, Jam Street, Salt Street and so on. Inside a dynamic and modern city. There is an ancient quarter, the Hanoi’s Old Quarter – the represented eternal soul of the city. Nowadays, most Vietnamese and Westerners people are always familiar with the phrase Hanoi – 36 Old Streets, Ha Noi – thirty-six districts or Hanoi’s Old Quarter, the sight-seeing and top unique historical vestige of the capital, international tourist destination thanks to their most original state.
Hanoi The Old Quarter located among the Long Bien Bridge, the Lake of the Restored Sword, a citadel wall, and a former city rampart. The Old Quarter is known as a snake and alligator-infested swamp. It used to evolve into a cluster of villages which are made up of stilts. It was also unified by Chinese administrators who built ramparts around their headquarters. This area is known as Protected South or Dominated Annam by the Chinese people.
How old are the ancient streets?
It may be a big surprise if you know that the name Hanoi The Old Quarter started at the time when King Ly Thai To was selecting Thang Long as the capital of the country in 1010. The streets had a nearly a thousand-year-old history and became lively and crowded in the 15th century. Do you know what makes them unique? Some of them remain ancient architecture of the 15th century. Up to now, it has been one of the oldest continuously developed areas in Vietnam.
What are origins of Hanoi Old Quarter?
Because of their long lasting age, they are called 36 Hanoi The Old Quarter. Ha Noi’s 36 districts are Vietnam’s version of the guild concept. In the past, when artisans moved to the capital city to do business, they would gather together here to share the resources. As a result, several streets were named after the goods sold on that street such as Pho Hang Ma (Paper Product), Pho Hang Bun (Vermicelli), Pho Hang Bac (Silver) and so on.
The phrase 36 Pho Phuong or 36 Old Streets often causes much confusion for people; “Phố” in Vietnamese is a street on which traders gather together to do business, while “Phường”, a guild of artisans or a district specialising in a unique trade such as Phuong Tho, Phuong Cheo. In any case, both of them are right to some extent.
Specialised craft guilds and streets. Most visitors are eager for exploring the Hanoi The Old Quarter well-known for its dedicated industry. Gai Street used to offer silk made and tailored, embroidery clothing products. Quat Street, the street that sold feather and silk fans. Now is stunning the visitors by its brilliantly coloured funeral, festival flags or religious objects and clothing. Ma street would glimmer with shiny paper products, such as wedding decorations, gift wrappings. They also make small paper objects to burn for the dead. Lan Ong Street used to be a smell emanating and sensual delight of textures from the sacks of herbal medicinal products such as roots, leaves, powders. If you come here, you might feel like you are in a classical-styled area regarding both product types and architecture.