has an old quarter of 36 streets, each being closely attached
to a traditional trade that is clearly shown by its name, such as
Muoi (salt) Street selling salt, Hang Manh (curtain) Street
curtains, Hang Bac (silver) Street selling silver jewellery, etc.
old streets of Hanoi, the essay “Notes taken on rainy days” by
Ho writes: “Dien Hung ward (present-day Hang Ngang) and Dong Lac
(present-day Hang Dao) are places where many cloths and silk
sold.” According to Hanoi researcher Nguyen Vinh Phuc, all kinds
papers, such as Giay ban
(tissue paper), Giay moi
tissue paper), Giay boi
(coarse paper) and other popular
made by people in Buoi and Cot Villages were sold on Hang Giay
Some streets were named after a legend or special ana,
Hang Chao (rice porridge) Street which was the place selling rice
to candidates who came to the capital to attend “Thi Hoi”
Examination) and “Thi Dinh” (Court Examination) or Trang Tien
Hoan Kiem Lake where once existed a coin casting workshop of the
Dynasty (the 19th
present, the number of old streets in Hanoi is a matter of
because someone said that 36 is only a symbolic number. However,
correct to say that people on each old street engaged in a trade.
past, people from all parts of the country flocked to the capital
themselves up in business. Following the trade motto “It needs
when trading and it needs to establish guilds when selling”, they
together in one place and gradually established guilds
trades and products.
this unique feature, Hanoians usually think of one street where
buy what they want. For example, the locals usually venture to
Street to buy bamboo curtains, Thuoc Bac Street to buy medicinal
Hang Chieu Street to buy mats, etc.
undergoing drastic changes daily and the old quarter with “Hang”
are also affected by the process of development. Hotels,
coffee shops, etc., have mushroomed on these streets, so only a
streets with the traditional trades remain, such as Hang Bac, Hang
Hang Manh, Hang Chieu, Hang Dong, etc.
The others have engaged in
trades, for example, Hang Than Street now sells Banh com
rice flake cakes), teas and
cigarettes in service of wedding ceremonies; Hang Vai Street sells
products; Hang Chao sells mechanical and electric products to meet
demand of customers in the modern life. In addition, many new
new trades have been established in Hanoi, such as Hai Ba Trung
selling electronic products, Ly Nam De Street selling computers,
Can Street selling children toys, Hoang Hoa Tham Street selling
trees and Dang Dung Street selling second-hand mobile
through the old quarter or “36 streets” of Hanoi one can perceive
beauty as well as typical feature of these streets which should be
preserved by not only the authorities but also the locals./.