Things beside of ancient architectures of Hanoi Old Quarter
According to Dr. To Ngoc Thanh, the discussing about “how to deal with Hanoi's Old Quarter” is not new because it has been discussed for decades. Beside the popular imagines of French colonial architectures of the Old Quarter in the Vietnam Classic Tours
, you can read this article to know more about the fact of the life in this area.
“Before, a Japanese organization cooperated to help Vietnam dealing the existed problems of the old town. They invited me to the discussion. Before that, I had the opportunity to visit the old town in Japan, in Peru (the neighborhood of the Indians), in the ancient city of Torino in Italy - where the handicrafts are produced on the spot. On a meeting with a Japanese organization, I would say that it is a good idea to redefine the real values of Hanoi Old Quarter, because I think that we may only have the old town.”
In my opinion, the ancient town of Hanoi
is a place in which a whole of past society, an old cultural space, the same way of living: From the way of dress, the way of doing business to the streets is the way of paving the bricks. When we enter to Hanoi Old Quarters, we seem to live in the cultural space of the ancient town, not just have only old houses and old architectures. If following that, we do not have a proper Old Quarter. I think the Hanoi leaderships should have a policy to restore a true old town, not just ancient architecture.
Another problem needs to be mentioned is that after the migration of locals, who will live in The Old Quarter? I think those who keep staying there will be able distribute with the government to make a truly space of old town, and not everyone in the house will continue staying (this is probably rumors?). Who will be the people make up the Old Quarter? And where will be chosen to light up the ideal ambience as the Old Quarter? The city’s politics should inform and public these issues with citizen. Do not refer from the people who are living in Hanoi Old Quarter. The effects to "Ceramic Road" or Long Bien bridge is successful, but with the moving inhabits in the area of 36 Old Streets should do slowly, but doing too fast and hast is making people suffer.
In The Old Quarter, our population is too crowded, the living conditions are lacking, but this is the place where people live. Now how do they go to Gia Lam District? Does the leader of the city consider this, especially when we say "how to get people live in better or at least the same old place"? We must be think carefully and thoughtful, because the policy is mostly qualitative, but life needs to quantify."
Let’s admire the authentic life in Hanoi Old Quarter via the opinion of a CNN’s reporter:
The old houses in Hang Dao street, very near to Hoan Kiem Lake, and the way to Hom market.
A family with 3 generations is chatting in the sidewalk where they also do their traditional store.
Under the heat of 32 degrees, a woman is cooking on the sidewalk.
An Old Quarter in the peak time of Hanoi. It's very interesting with traffic jam from a kingdom of scooters.
Hanoi's Old Quarter is famous for cheap street foods everywhere.
A local market in the area of The Old Quarter.
One of the best way to visit The Old Quarter is doing a Hanoi rickshaw excursion. Don't miss the chance to reveal Hanoi on cyclo in your Vietnam Vacations. Let's enjoy your trip and don't lost your ways by the special colors of Hanoi.