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    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter

    There’s an old Vietnamese saying, “Hanoi has thirty-six streets and guilds – Jam Street, Sugar Street, Salt Street…”. Inside a modern and dynamic city, there appears an antique quarter, the Hanoi’s Old Quarter – the represented eternal soul of the city. These days, most Vietnamese and Westerners are familiar with the phrase “Hà Nội - Ba mươi sáu phố phường” (translated as “Ha Noi - 36 districts” or “Hanoi – 36 Old Streets”), or “Phố cổ Hà Nội” (translated as “Hanoi’s Old Quarter”), the top special historical vestige and sight-seeing of the capital, luring international visitors thanks to their mostly original state.

    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter
    Located between the Lake of the Restored Sword, the Long Bien Bridge, a former city rampart, and a citadel wall, the Old Quarter (consisting of 36 old streets inside) started as a snake and alligator-infested swamp. It later evolved into a cluster of villages made up of houses on stilts, and was unified by Chinese administrators who built ramparts around their headquarters. The area was named "Dominated Annam" or "Protected South" by the Chinese.

    How old are the streets? It would be a big surprise should you know that Hanoi's Old Quarter came into being at the time King Ly Thai To selected Thang Long as the country’s capital in 1010, that is, the streets have a nearly 1,000-year old history and became crowded & lively in 15th century. What makes them unique is that many of them remain in their very ancient architecture of the 15th century. Up to now, it has been the oldest continuously developed area of Vietnam.

    So before you start the tours Sapa, Hang Giang, Ha Long, .... I think you should dedicate yourself one day to discover Hanoi. It's really very interesting. And here are 5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter:

    1. Watch water puppet show

    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter

    This should absolutely go on the top of your list! The water puppet show, a tradition dated back a thousand years ago, never fails to surprise audiences by the deeply cultural content and the artistic performances by the wooden puppets that seem to have a soul inside. The fascinating combination of many different kinds of traditional arts, from the colorful puppets made of wood dancing beautifully on the water surface, to the orchestra playing traditional instruments that you cannot see anywhere else in the world, is sure to blow your mind away!

    2. Visit a temple

    As a prevalently Buddhist country, there are so many temples and pagodas around the Ha Noi Old Quarter. Visiting a temple helps you understand not only about the religious life of the local people but also about their beliefs and values through the stories. Further to here you will feel peace in your soul, there is nowhere can bring this feeling for you

    3. Drink Bia Hoi at Ta Hien

    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter

    After a day of walking around the Ha Noi Old Quarter, it’s a good idea to spend some time sitting down enjoying Beer Hoi, a kind of homemade beer, on Ta Hien Street. Sipping beer on the sidewalk on small plastic chairs and tables full of people, you enjoy a buzzy atmosphere feeling like you are truly a part of this vibrant city.

    4.  Walk through Dong Xuan Market

    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter

    If you want to immerse yourself in the everyday life of the local people, one quick way is to walk around Dong Xuan Market.. There are many kinds of goods on display, so you can definitely buy something as a gift for yourself as well as for your family and friends.

    5. Try a food vendor

    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter

    Your trip to Ha Noi will not be complete if you don’t try some food vendors here. Modestly located on the sidewalk, food vendors offer you high quality local street food with a cheap price. Such as: Pho, banh cuon, egg cafe...

    5 things to do while you are in Hanoi Old Quarter

    Especially, A trip to Hanoi will never be complete until you try a tasty bowl of Pho. This fragrant soup is traditionally eaten in the morning, almost on a daily basis. It looks deceivingly easy with noodles, soup and some beef filling. Eaters will have to add some chili, lime and bean sprouts to their liking. This soup is favorite especially in cold winter days when your grumbling stomach want something hot to warm up.

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