Kim Ngan Temple
The first place if you want to find out more about historical values is Kim Ngan temple at 42 Hang Bac Street. This place keeps the essence of the well- known Ha Thanh’s jewelry and Ca Tru is held regularly here. Kim Ngan communal house is located at 42 HANG Bac Street with old architectural and religious structure. It was built in the post Le Dynasty period (15th-18th century). It is considered as one of the oldest, most ancient communal houses in the Old Quarter and also a demonstration of the process of formation and development of Hanoi Old Quarter. It is also a place where many cultural activities such as Ca Tru, take place on Wednesday, Friday and Sunday nights.
Hanoi old houses
Dong Xuan Mararket
Another attractive point in the Old Quarter is Dong Xuan Market. To be honest, this is a place you can’t skip when visiting Hanoi. Since its establishment, Dong Xuan has been the busiest trading center of the capital city. It was born and associated with commercial development of the ancient Hanoi. This is not only a trading place but also has cultural and spiritual values which reflects Hanoi’s life in the past. It is a real heaven for shopping and trying street foods.
Besides visiting some famous places in the Old Quarter, one of the most impressive experiences you can’t miss is take a cyclo around and enjoy street foods. Cuisine in Hanoi in general and foods in The Old Quarter in particular are always the pride of Hanoians. Starting new day with a bowl of Pho and a cup of coffee or tea in the morning, satisfy your hunger by some bread sticks on the pavement in the late afternoon is really valuable feeling when you visit here. If you’re in a big group when traveling, nothing is worth more than sitting on a small chairs, enjoy beer in Ta Hien Street or a cup of lemon tea in St. Joseph’s Cathedral and look at people passing around.
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