Hanoi Travel – TOURIST SPOTS IN HANOI OLD QUARTER
Introduce Hanoi Old Quater
The Old Quarter, Old Town or “36 Old Streets” is the name of a long-standing urban area in Hanoi. This quarter is a residential, manufacturing and trading centre with 36 streets specializing in one specific type of manufacturing or trading. Today Hanoi Old Quarter is an attractive destination for those who wish to learn about Hanoi culture and history. The Old Quarter is located in the North West of Hoan Kiem District, at the heart of the capital. Visiting the Old Quarter, visitors will encounter a lot of moss-covered houses which still remain intact despite of the challenge of time. These houses built in the early 20th century bearing ancient beauty has become an iconic feature in the heart of the capital.
TOURIST SPOTS IN HANOI OLD QUARTER
Hoan Kiem Lake
Hoan Kiem Lake located in the heart of the capital, on the Hang Trong Street, is a famous destination in Hanoi. At the centre of the lake, there is the ancient Turtle Tower located on an islet. Next to Hoan Kiem Lake, there are other famous heritages such as Pen Tower, Dai Nghien (a large stone representing an ink stone), The Huc Bridge leading to Dac Nguyet pavilion or Tran Ba pavilion in Ngoc Son temple. More information about Hoan Kiem Lake
Ngoc Son Temple
Ngoc Son Temple is located on a small islet in Hoan Kiem Lake. To reach Ngoc Son Temple, you have to cross The Huc Bridge. Come here, you will have chances to learn about Hanoi’s history associated with the legend of Hoan Kiem Lake and take a panoramic view of Hoan Kiem Lake and Turtle Tower. This is a must-see destination in your trip to the Old Quarter.
Dong Xuan market
Dong Xuan Market is largest markets in Old Quarter and also the largest in the Hanoi, 1,6km from Hoan Kiem Lake, walk through Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Dao, Hang Ngang. Here, you will have opportunities to see the busy, bustling trading scene and all kinds of items.
Hang Ma street
Located in the Old Quarter, Hang Ma street is considered one of the most crowded and colorful streets in Hanoi. Especially, on national holidays or Tet (Vietnamese New Year), this street is decorated with lanterns, glowing toys and balloons. The whole space is filled with charming sound, colours and light.
Hanoi Weekend Night Market
Hanoi Weekend Night Market is open from 6pm to 11pm on Fridays, Saturdays and Sundays at Hang Dao Street. It is one of the bustling trading places in Hanoi with a total of nearly 4,000 booths. The goods here are very diverse and affordable including clothes, shoes, household appliances, handicraft and souvenirs.
Thang Long Water Puppet Theater
Located next to Hoan Kiem Lake, this is the place performing water puppetry of Vietnamese art. This is also the place where many international visitors come to explore Vietnam’s culture. The shows often have English subtitles for foreign visitors.
Ta Hien street
Located in the heart of Hanoi, from Hang Buom street to Hang Bac street, this is a small street always crowded with people. It is also known as “Ta Hien beer street”, “Backpackers street” or “international crossroads”. This street is featured in the list of “must-visit places in Hanoi” for foreign tourists.
What to eat in the Old Quarter?
The food in the Old Quarter is famous for its delicious flavour. However, you should ask the food price before eating at a stall by the road, or you should find some famous recommended restaurants such as Bun cha Hang Buom at 43 Hang Buom, Pho Bat Dan at 49 Bat Dan, Bun thang Cau Go at 32 Cau Go, Cha ca La Vong at 14 Cha Cha street.
Hotels in the Old Quarter
The Old Quarter is located at the centre of the capital and it is where many commercial and tourist activities take place. So there are a lot of hotels here for you to choose from budget guest house to 5-star hotel.