Do not miss: Discover the history of Hanoi 36 streets 



Hanoi - the capital of thousands of years of civilization, is the most important cultural and political center of the country. Referring to Hanoi, people immediately think of an ancient capital, cultural, historical, and tourist values ​​have matured over the years, tinged with time. There is still the ancient capital of Thang Long in the midst of a luxurious modern city, and there is still a Hanoi of 36 streets - an indelible mark of Hanoi's land, of Hanoians, of simple souls. noble teacher. In today's article, let's explore the old Hanoi with us!


1. Where did Hanoi's 36 streets come from?

Why 36 and not another number? That is the question many people ask when they hear the name "Hanoi 36 streets".

The history of ancient Hanoi with 36 streets originates from the Ly - Tran dynasties. According to legend, Hanoi’s 36 streets and wards are an ancient city including the area inside and outside the old quarter of Hanoi. This is a busy trading and trading place in history since the early years of the 11th century. This may be a trading town because of the occupation characteristics of the regions. Later, that same traditional profession was named for the streets, creating very specific names that, just hearing it, people immediately think of as Hanoi 36 streets.


Image 1. Hanoi 36 streets with a long history


Also according to folk beliefs, 36 is a beautiful number, bringing a lot of fortune. For traders, this number is even more important. That's why the old Hanoians took 36 streets and not another number. However, this is just a convention call. According to records, in 174, King Le Hien Tong divided Thang Long citadel into 36 areas, called 36 streets, belonging to 2 districts of Vinh Xuong and Quang Duc.


The name "Hanoi 36 streets" is like that passed down from generation to generation, to this day. This place has ancient architecture, preserving a lot of traditional values ​​​​of the ancient Hanoi people such as culture, lifestyle, architecture, craft villages, cuisine, etc. If to fully explore Hanoi, 36 streets and streets, you will have to spend a lot of time.


Image 2. The most famous streets of old Hanoi


Hanoi's 36 streets are all too familiar, but few can name all the streets in them.



“Rủ nhau chơi khắp Long Thành

Ba mươi sáu phố rành rành chẳng sai”


“Let's go everywhere in the Dragon City

All Thirty-six streets known, no mistake."

Even so, old Hanoi to this day still has famous streets that everyone must know with very specific professions:

  • Hang Bong Street specializes in selling quilts, blankets, and cushions
  • Hang Bac Street specializes in processing and trading gold and silver jewelry
  • Hang Dao Street specializes in selling all kinds of fabrics
  • Hang Ma Street specializes in trading votive goods, worshiping items, decorations, and toys for the Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas.
  • Hang Quat Street specializes in selling worship items
  • Hang Buom Street sells confectionery, Tet jam
  • Hang Thiec Street specializes in metal processing, tin casting, and iron casting into household items
  • Ma May Street specializes in travel and tourism services


2. Hanoi 36 streets are present in the literature

You may not know, all the ancient, poetic, and quintessential beauty of old Hanoi has been recreated by writer Thach Lam in the famous work "Ha Noi hashed six streets".


Image 3. A true and gentle book about Hanoi


Although not born and raised in Hanoi, with his experiences, Thach Lam has recreated a very honest Hanoi on his writing pages. The culture, cuisine, and lifestyle of Hanoians are reproduced gently and delicately through small stories. With the work "Ha Noi chopping six streets" only 70 pages thick, Thach Lam left a pen book dedicated to Hanoians.

If you want to discover the beauty of Hanoi 36 streets through literature, you can read this work.


3. What's new in Hanoi's Old Quarter today?

Today, Hanoi is on the way to becoming a dynamic and modern capital. Following that rotation, Hanoi's Old Quarter also has certain changes. In general, Hanoi still retains its ancient streets, with traditional businesses. However, production and business activities also have more changes to adapt to the actual situation.


Image 4. 36 streets by the night

The style and lifestyle of Hanoians are also gradually different and more modern. However, no matter how social life changes, going deep into each alley, we still see the existence of a Hanoi 36 streets, of the simple lifestyle and soul of the ancients. Traditional cultural values ​​are still there, still preserved and handed down by people.


Image 5. Hanoi's 36 streets in modern day

Hanoi 36 streets is always an attractive destination with many cultural values, cuisine, ... for visitors to explore and enjoy. If you want to take a walk around the capital of thousands of years of civilization, you should definitely take a stroll around the streets.



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