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Lan Ong Street - traditional medicine space revived

Mon, 12 Jan 2015. Last updated Thu, 25 Jun 2015 08:58

Recently, the project on preserving and recovering Lan Ong Street - a famous traditional medicine space in old streets was inaugurated. Simultaneously, the project was held with the Week of Traditional Vietnamese medicine street 2015.

The project on preserving and recovering Lan Ong Street was conducted from 2013 in order to study, preserve and recover the architectural space of the traditional medicine street of Lan Ong, a bustling space selling Vietnamese traditional medicine and bronze ingots of Thang Long Citadel. The street is named after Hai Thuong Lan Ong, a famous physician. The street is a delight of textures and smells emanating from the sacks of herbal medicinal products including leaves, roots, barks, and powders. Like other streets in Hanoi Old Quarter, Lan Ong Street has a very high population density, which is a burden of the conservation of architectural space and the development of the traditional medicine.


Lan Ong Street in early morning


So far, Lan Ong Street is the address of the rare old street preserving forefather's profession. From the intersection of Hang Can Street, Cha Ca Street to Hang Vai Street, stores of pulsing, prescribing and selling traditional medicine are still crowded. Up until now, about 85% of local residents continue their traditional trade. The project on renovating and preserving the facade of the street was implemented in 2013 with the goal of restoring the space of selling traditional medicine and architecture of ancient buildings. This is the second project on recovering old streets in 36 Streets Hanoi after Ta Hien Street. The project on Lan Ong Street stretches on space of 120m long from Cha Ca Street to Thuoc Bac Street. The project focuses on facades of street, removing unmatched architectural feature, advertising billboards... The project on embellishment of Lan Ong Street facade is funded by the budget of Hoan Kiem District. Local residents will renovate interior of their houses.


Lan Ong Street in Winter


In fact, when being put in implementation, the project faced many difficulties due to downgraded status quo of buildings on Lan Ong Street. In particular, many works were deformed, changed their functions. Some families also doubted about the ability of project's success. So far, the project has been completed, bringing a new face to Lan Ong Street. This makes great contribution to the preserving, promulgating and promoting heritage value of Hanoi Old Quarter. Mr. Nguyen Quoc Thong, the Vice Chairman of Vietnam Architects Association said that a space of the old street was recovered. The project contributed to the promulgation and raising the awareness of protecting and renovating the historical value of Lan Ong Street in particular and Hanoi Old Street in general. With the investment, Lan Ong Street will be one of famous tourist attractions in Hanoi, a cultural and trading place of both local and international tourists.

Thanks to the preservation and recovery, the physical and mental life of Hanoian is improved and upgraded. According to a local resident of Lan Ong Street, the change and recovery of the street bring an overview about history and the development of Hanoi Old Quarter in particular and of Hanoi in general. This is also a target of making Lan Ong Street become a favorite spot in Hanoi travel.

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