Hanoi capital has a long history and rich cultures which always appeal to tourists. The old quarter is the heart of the city, where many historical marks are situated. While remaining its authenticity, Hanoi still welcomes modernity, creating a nostalgic but stylish beauty. Taking the old quarter tour, you will be given a chance to discover a treasure trove of ancient architecture and cultures, and creative development with the experience of strolling around plentiful street markets and characteristic places that only belong to.
Hanoi night market
Night market, which is known as a bustling affair in the Old Quarter, is held every Friday, Saturday and Sunday evening. This popular sight is for pedestrians only, so you can be free to meander and look around a multitude of stalls to find clothes and souvenirs, or stop to try some mouth-watering street food in the food stalls.
Dong Xuan market
Constructed in 19th century, Dong Xuan market is known to be the oldest and largest indoor market with colonial French style architecture in Hanoi. This multi-storey market is a place for you to seek for anything from fresh food, clothes, home appliances,…
Let’s come to experience the market on the ground floor and in the market’s surrounds with a wide range of fresh produce, dry goods, and household goods and you can also purchase locally-made souvenirs and silk clothes when taking a stroll around and getting a close look at the items in hundreds of stalls.
Long Bien bridge
Designed by a French architect, Long Bien bridge was completed in 1902 and has become one of beloved landmarks in Hanoi. From the bridge’s view, you can witness stunning scenery of the Red River. If you don’t want to miss the best memorable experience in Hanoi, then take a walk on the bridge with a camera to capture a special view of sunset, to feel Hanoian pace of life, and to enjoy peaceful moments
Ta Hien Street ( Beer Street )
Located in the heart of Hanoi Old Quarter, Ta Hien Street intersects with Hang Bac Street and Hang Buom Street. This street was called the “international crossroads” as it has been included in the list of “places have to go in Hanoi” the foreigners who come to Hanoi. From the luxury restaurant chain to the sidewalk shops, go to anywhere, visitors can feel the essence of Vietnamese cuisine in general and Hanoi cuisine in particular.
In addition, Ta Hien Street is very famous for Beer, the most exciting corner in the old quarter.
Bach Ma Temple
Bach Ma Temple is one of the four quarters of the ancient Thang Long and is believed to be the oldest temple in Hanoi. This Buddhist temple was originally built in the 9th century by King Ly Thai To in honour of Bach Ma. The translation of Bach Ma is ́White Horse ́ and this refers to a story behind the construction of the Temple.
The ancient house
Located within Hanoi Old Quarter, the ancient house, which was built at the late of the 20th century, is quite intact with typical architecture of ancient houses. There is a small yard among the buildings to have wind and light. The ground floor (facing street) used for selling goods, and the inner used for living and producing, and at the end is kitchen and toilet. On the second floor, the room – facing street used for worshipping and receiving guests, and the inside room used for bedrooms.
Quan Chuong Gate
The Quan Chuong gate, which survives as a proper “square gate”, is part of the wall east of the ancient Thang Long citadel. It exhibits a typical architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty, consisting of two levels, the lower level has three arched doorways and the upper level is covered by 4 roofs decorated with a motif of hexagonal or quadrilateral asterisks.
For local people, Quan Chuong gate is not just a relic of the ancient Thang Long capital but a proud symbol of the modern capital city.
Trang Tien Street
When Trang tien Street was built by the French over 100 years ago, it was famous for its charm and beauty. A pedestrian friendly atmosphere, the street was part of a luxurious commercial area surrounded by grand theaters and civil headquarters.
Trang Tien Ice-cream – Hanoi’s special gift
Trang Tien ice cream is famous for the wide variety of flavors including bean, chocolate, young glutinous rice, and milk, which are sweet and delicious. People can feel the ice cream melting in their mouth. Since its first appearance in 1958, Trang Tien ice cream has maintained its reputation thanks to the particular quality and flavors. Despite its fame, the price is very reasonable —everyone can enjoy it.
It is said that when visiting Ha Noi, if the visitor does not see the Sword Lake, then they would not have actually been in Ha Noi. The lake is an endless topic and inspiration for painters, poets, writers, music composers, etc, and innumerable works about the lake have been produced.
There are several rare relics around Hoan Kiem Lake. To the east is Hoa Phong Tower, and King Ly Thai To Statue; to the west is King Le Thai To Statue and his Memorial House; the north-east is Ba Kieu Temple, But Tower, The Huc Bridge connecting with Ngoc Son Temple.
Especially, there’re so many exercises in the early morning – wake up at 6pm and see the difference.
Ngoc Son Temple
Den Ngoc Son, or the Temple of the Jade Mountain is one of Hanoi’s most picturesque temples.
It is built on an islet in Ho Hoan Kiem where, in the 16th-18th centuries, there was a country villa used by the Trinh mandarins when they boated on the lake.
The temple itself is reached by crossing the red-painted wooden bridge called The Huc (Rising Sun). Originally, when the lake was much large, visitors to the temple came by boat. In the 18th century, a simple bamboo bridge was built.
The Big Church
St Joseph’s Cathedral is the oldest Roman Catholic church in Hanoi. It is located on Nha Chung Street, a short distance from the Ho Hoan Kiem, the Lake of the Returned Sword.
St Joseph’s Cathedral was known simply as the “Big Church” among the Vietnamese of Hanoi.
There’re so many vietnamese restaurants or french restaurants around the church.
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