Miscellaneous in Hanoi, Hanoi
Every nook and cranny in the Old Quarters are used by street vendors, peddaling their wares and local culinary delights.
Hanoians huddle around a halo of light and smoke in a corner, feasting on a midnight snack.
Where:Somewhere in the depths of the Old Quarters
Not too far away from the lake is a public square where there are statues of revolutionary figures. Children play freely in that area.
The young play carefree admist propaganda images and messages.
Where:Opposite Ngoc Son Temple, Ho An Kiem Lake
The red bridge at Ho An Kiem has a Vietnamese name that roughly translates to "where the sun light is absorbed" . The bridge leads to Dac Nguyet Lau or "Moon Light tower" which is Ngoc Son shrine. Hmm, the sun and moon meeting. Sounds like a song from Ms Saigon.
The Sun and Moon meets at the Lake of the Restored Sword.
Where:Ho An Kiem Lake, near Old Quarters
The old folks at Ho An Kiem Lake are a fascinating lot. Observe them from a distance discretely and watch them play Chinese Chess.
Brows furrowed in concentration, contemplating their every move on a wooden chess board.
Where:A Pavilion at Ngoc Son Temple, Ho An Kiam Lake
If you love legends, you're gonna love this tale about how an emperor named drove out some Chinese bastards with a sword loaned from the Sea King. After victory however, the emperor decided to keep the sword and made the Sea King explode in fits. After Neptune calmed down, he sent a tortoise to retrieve his sword. Well, he didn't have to really, the sword magically flew from the scabbard into the mouth of the retriever. The lake became known as the lake of the restored sword ever since.
A sword on its back instead of its mouth! An artist's mistake displayed at the Ngoc Son.
Where: Entrance to Ngoc Son Temple, Ho An Kiem Lake
If you're ever in the History Museum, look out for the big presidential investiture painting and see if you notice anything strange.
Pray tell me, why are the soldiers pointing the guns at the civilians during the presidential investiture of Uncle Ho?
Where: 2nd floor, History Museum
#1 Trang Tien Street
The narrow houses that you see in the Old Quarters are known as tube or tunnel houses. There's a gd reason for this. Businesses were formerly taxed according to the width of their storefront and this resulted in shops only two metres wide with a maze of rooms extending behind to a length of up to 60m.
Ancient narrow houses line the streets of the Old Quarters, each squeezed against the other
Where:The Old Quarters
Observe the old folks around Ho An Kiem Lake if you can. Do it discretely and with respect of course. You can catch them dancing tai chi, reading or playing chess in groups.
A small old man reads in solitude at Ngoc Son Temple. Clad against the cold only in a wolly warm Russian Hat and thin blue-striped pajamas.
Where:Ho An Kiem Lake, Ngoc Son Temple.
Make-shift barber stalls use to dot the streets of Singapore. Today, you can only find them in places in Hanoi City
Street side barbers clip their customer's hair in the open. They work fast and concentrate well despite the buzz from the traffic.Hum the "Barber of Seville" when you see them..
Where:On a little street, outside of Hilton Hanoi
"Bay-Num-Hi" is how you pronounce B52 in Vietnamese. Just off of Doi Can Street about a 10 minute taxi ride from the center is the wreckage of a US B52 shot down around Christmas 1972 over Hanoi. It crashed in small lake near the flower village Ngoc Ha.
Old City Gate (Hanoi): In 1010 the population of Thang Long (present day Hanoi) built the thick city gates. The area inside was reserved for the king and his court. The wall was surrounded by a deep ditch filled with water which was linked by a network of canals. Access to the Royal City was by four gates, and in the front of each gate was a vast square on which the biggest markets wereeld. Today only one gate remains at the end of Hang Chieu street where it meets Quan Chuong.
Hanoi, capital of the Socialist Republic of Vietnam, is one of the most beguiling cities in Asia. A lovely landscape of lakes, shaded boulevards and verdant parks is home to such beautiful and diverse architectural treasures as a 1500-year-old pagoda, colonial French homes and astounding modern skyscrapers. Its bustling markets, thriving nightlife and excellent food are attracting visitors of every stripe to this ancient city.
Birthplace to so much of Vietnam's traditional culture, Hanoi, more than any other city in Vietnam, is a unique fusion of old and new. It personifies the spirit of historic Vietnam in the temples, monuments and pockets of ancient culture in the Old Quarter, yet perfectly reflects the rapid changes sweeping the country as Hanoian yuppies sip cappucinos in roadside cafes and compare cell phones.
You can get almost everything from this street. From meat to veggie to live frogs!
See how the vendors sells food items along the street. So much for hygiene and sanitation.
These 2 small pagodas are located near to the famous St Joseph Cathedral, and you can drop by and visit them when you are in this area.
Note:Go to Hanoi while you can, modernization is creeping in, slowly but surely, even in the Old Quarters.
Sex sells everything.
Where: Old Quarters, Hang Ca