Hang Thiec Street
Thiec Street is a craft street of
tinsmiths which has existed for a long time in the Old
the past it was in Yen Noi Village, Tien Tuc Commune of Tho
District (present-day Hang Gai Ward of Hoan Kiem District,
Most of the houses in this street are old and have small
which make the house look like “overlapping match boxes”.
Thiec Street is 136m long, stretching from Thuoc Bac Street
Non Street. It is the place where tinsmiths make different
such as oil lamps, candle stands, incense burners, tea pots,
trays and tips of conical hats.
After a period of
craft also turned out other products from sheet metal, hence
street was called Rue des Ferblanties by the French.
the years Hang Thiec Street has virtually remained
the craft of making tin products still being kept, turning
various kinds of utensils for daily use.
On the occasion of
Mid-Autumn Festival the Street is busier because the
to use pieces of tin to make children’s toys, such as cars,
ships, planes, peach-shaped lanterns with a fairy inside,
butterfly-shaped lanterns and a rabbit beating a drum.
visited the family of Nguyen Phu Dinh, one of the families
following the craft of their forefathers, on Hang Thiec
two sons have inherited their father’s skills and become
with golden hands.
Dinh said that payment for making tin
low, so people who open shops on Hang Thiec Street are only
in trading. They receive orders for the products and have
filled by the tinsmiths in the rural areas.
plastic utensils developed, Dinh and other craftsmen on Hang
Street were concerned that the craft could be lost. Through
and downs now there are demands for tin products on the
saw many pails, buckets, basins and sinks made of corrugated
piled in the shops and were told that these products would
supplied to different cities and provinces throughout the
the book “Old Streets of Hanoi”, American writer Lady Borton
described the sound on Hang Thiec Street: “…
hammers striking against the metal resound from early
late at night. Vietnamese craftsmen have preserved their
craft until today…”
coming to Hang Thiec Street, we clearly see that the
essential needs and useful household utensils have a good
the preservation and development of the long-lasting
Although the number of people who follow their
crafts have become fewer and fewer, they have helped
vitality of the craft streets in Hanoi and preserve its old
features, creating the typical characteristics of the
thousand-year-old Thang Long./.