Tue, 22 Apr 2014. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:42
The decision of expanding more six walking street plays its part in bring the cultural values of Hanoi Old Quarter into play, especially culinary culture. This contributes to creating favorable conditions for artisans, businesses, and households to develop traditional cuisine, and other services of trade and tourism. Yet, unlike in the previous pedestrian streets, Hang Dao – Dong, street stalls or booths will not allowed to operate on these new six walking streets to ensure the spaciousness in traveling and visiting of tourists and local people. According to the authorities of Hoan Kiem District, there are seven parking lots licensed with a total area of nearly 650 sq. meters. In addition, there are currently 12 parking areas operating in Hang Dao- Dong Xuan walking route.
According to Mr. Do Xuan Thuy, General Director of Dong Xuan Joint Stcok Company, these walking streets will be open in the evenings of Friday, Saturday, and Sunday. Currently, there are four streets for pedestrians: Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong, and Dong Xuan. With new six walking streets (Hang Buom, Ma May, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, and Ta Hien), all ten Hanoi walking streets belong to the preserved area in Hanoi Old Quarter. These streets are place of ancient architectures of the 18th and 19th centuries with many historical and cultural relics such as Bach Ma Temple, Quan De Temple, an ancient house at 87 Ma May, and Huong Tuong Temple. Moreover, these walking streets are known as spots serving a plenty of the most famous Hanoi street food and traditional dishes such as Bun Thang (Rice vermicelli soup served with shredded chicken, fried egg strands, meat pie and mushroom), La Vong grilled fish, Pho (noodle soup served with beef or chicken) and Bun Cha (rice noodle served with grilled pork). Besides, many hotels and restaurants are being improved and upgraded to welcome more tourists, and create great views in the Hanoi Old Quarter.
Hanoi is usually voted as one of the most attractive cities appealing tourists in the region and in the world. If the space of four current pedestrian streets is occupied by all kinds of stalls and booths, the new six ones’ space will be different. All types of business will be operated just on the pavement of these new walking streets, and street vendors’ stalls will be banned. Besides, to avoid bothering the daily life of local people, Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company has had 2000 stamps printed, and asked local people living in these streets to stick these stamps on their vehicles. By having these stuck on vehicles, those people can travel in these streets and be free from paying fee for parking at the weekend. Besides, many decorative lights which introduce names of streets are installed. Fifty-three high-voltage lights are fixed and enhanced to lighten at some historical and cultural relics such as Bach Ma Temple, Quan De Temple and the ancient house at 87 Ma May. Other public facilities are improved and upgraded to create a fresh space for the Old Streets.
In April, Dong Xuan Joint Stock Company has organized trial operation of the six new walking streets and had intention to take them into an official operation. Through trial operations from April 11-13, and April 18-20, the management in these streets was highly appreciated with the agreement of the local people and all businesses obeyed well the regulations.