TAG : Old Quarter

  • Into the labyrinth

    Into the labyrinth

    Hanois Old Quarter is a delight for visitors but living there is something else entirely.

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  • Back to the roots

    Back to the roots

    The Dong Kinh Ancient Music Ensemble in Hanoi has been assiduously reviving traditional Vietnamese music.

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  • Free playground in Old Quarter

    A free mobile playground will be provided to children in the Old Quarter of Hanoi on weekend evenings from 7pm to 9pm until the end of June, in an initiative from the Think Playgrounds group with support from the Management Board of the Hanoi Old Quarter and Health Bridge. Entitled Play Street, the playground has equipment made from bamboo and recycled materials and free play spaces with themes that will change regularly (such as chalk drawings, racing, and cartoons), as well as traditional games such as bamboo jacks and stilt-walking. All equipment at the mobile playground will be handed over to the community or set up in fixed playgrounds in the area.

  • A SENSE OF THE SEASON

    A SENSE OF THE SEASON

    Vietnam gets into the Christmas spirit in its very own way.

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  • Luxury public restroom opens in Hanoi

    A luxury public restroom, the first of its kind in Hanoi, has opened recently at 38 Hang Giay Street in the centre of the Old Quarter. Equipped with modern facilities more likely found at a hotel, including air conditioning and hand dryers, the restroom has separate facilities for men, women and the disabled. The Thang Long SP Trade & Real Estate Investing JSC, which built the restroom, is also building two more, at 5 Hang Giay Street and 50 Gia Ngu Street. The total cost of the three new toilets is estimated at VND2 billion ($89,360). According to the Hanoi Department of Construction, Hanoi has about 340 public toilets but they fall well short of what people expect.

  • No-smoking tourist zones for Hanoi

    Vietnam’s capital has unveiled a plan to introduce no-smoking tourism areas in an attempt to build a friendly and civilised image for both domestic and international visitors. The plan aims to establish no-smoking tourist sites, no-smoking restaurants and hotels, and no-smoking offices, particularly in popular public spots such as the Old Quarter, shopping malls, and around Hoan Kiem Lake. Besides posters and leaflets, the city will also make the most of media and radio stations to spread the message about the harmful effects of smoking. Inter-sector inspections will be conducted and fines will be levied on smokers. Last year the city welcomed 16.5 million tourists, including 3 million international tourists, up 16% year-on-year.

  • BURSTING WITH LIFE

    BURSTING WITH LIFE

    There’s an endless choice of shopping and entertainment options when streets in the centre of Hanoi become one large pedestrian mall on the weekends.

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  • Old streets, new vibe

    Old streets, new vibe

    The creation of pedestrian malls on weekend nights has given Hanoi’s Old Quarter a totally different feel.

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