Hanoi Old Quarter is a common name for a long-standing urban area of Hanoi located outside the Imperial Citadel of Thang Long. This urban area is concentrated in small-scale industry, trade and trade, forming typical trade streets, bringing the distinct traditions of urban dwellers and capital. Nowadays Hanoi Old Quarter is an attractive destination for those who want to learn about Hanoi.
The most famous feature of the old quarter is the craft streets. Craftsmen from the craft villages around Thang Long used to gather here, focusing on each area of their profession. The merchant ships can go to the middle of the street to trade, making the craft town more developed. And it is the traded product that becomes the street name, with the word “Hang” in front of it, each specialized trade in a certain type of item.
Currently, some streets still retain traditional products such as Hang Ma, Hang Tre, Hang Thiec streets, etc.In addition, some streets are not traditional, but also focus on selling one kind of goods, such as Hang Quat street sells worship, Hang Buom sells sweets, Ma May Street specializes in travel services …
Hang Bong takes its name from the main street, Hang Bong Dem, which has many craftsmen, sells quilts and blankets.
Hang Ma Street in the past used to trade votive objects to worship, and expanded paper statues of mandarins and houses to worship and burn for people (the dead). Nowadays, Hang Ma Street concentrates on bustling festivals, Mid-Autumn Festival and Chinese New Year with a variety of toys. In addition, it is also the place to sell curtain decorations for weddings with cut images made from colored paper material or colorful foam.
Ma May Street. This street originally consisted of two old streets: Hang Ma Street and Hang May Street. The section of Hang May Street is adjacent to Hang Buom Street, on the banks of the Nhi River, where upstream boats are clustered with forest products such as rattan, bamboo, etc.
Hang Bac street was permitted by Luu Xuan Tin to open a silver casting furnace for the court, dragging his relatives and Trau Khe villagers (or Chau Khe, Thuc Khang commune, Binh Giang district – Hai Duong) came here and opened a silver casting ward, established a casting school at 58 Hang Bac Street.
Hang Dao Street is a place of trading silk, selling cloth (the word for red cashew fabric is read as the word peach).
Hang Luoc Street connects Hang Cot street to Cha Ca street, which is home to many comb traders: wooden combs, horn combs and later plastic combs.
Hang Chai Street is not a place for producing and trading bottles and jars; This street is a small alley connecting Hang Rua and Hang Cot streets, this is a place where poor people specialize in collecting scrap metal and trash.
Hang Ga Street runs from Hang Dieu Street to Hang Cot Street, which is a gathering place for poultry shops: chickens, ducks, swans, geese, doves, turkeys …
Hang Chinh Street is called the Rue des Vases by the French, which is connected to the river bank, is the wharf for boat carrying pots, clay pots of Phu Lang village, earthen pots, jars, small crockery made of ceramic from Tho Ha
Hang Dong Street and Bat Su Street during the French colonial period were collectively known as Rue des Tasses (Hang Chen Street). The section of Hang Dong and Hang Ma formerly belonged to Yên Phú hamlet, whose original profession was selling bronze such as tray, pot, top, censer, flowerpot, crane, etc.
Hang Co Street is now Van Mieu Street from Nguyen Khuyen Street T-junction to Quoc Tu Giam Street Junction, in the past, the original profession was a place with many rice shops serving feudal scholars …
Hang Chop Street is now Ngo Si Lien street, the street behind Hang Co station in the past, people used to call it Hang Dau area because in the past, people used to make chopsticks to sell them. Bamboo chopsticks for carpentry, bamboo lacquer chopsticks, lacquer paint, gold or red paint tips, wholesale for street shops or market stalls. In the Nguyen Dynasty, this area belonged to Luong Su village (Ngu Su and Luong Su) in Yen Hoa province, Tho Xuong district. Luong Su village today is divided into two streets, Quoc Tu Giam Street and Ngo Si Lien Street.
Hang Bot Street is now Ton Duc Thang Street, which runs from the intersection of Hang Day Street (Nguyen Thai Hoc) to the intersection of Xa Dan, in the past this was a natural path from Ha Dong Province to Hanoi. Currently, in Ton Duc Thang street, there is still Hang Bot lane.
Today, Hanoi’s old town is a bustling place of business and an attraction for all domestic and foreign tourists