Hanoi Old Quarter

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Hanoi Old Quarter
Also known as the "36 Streets" (though it comprises more than 36 streets), this warren of alleys and lanes that once stood within fortified ramparts was home to 36 artisans’ guilds, hence its name. The streets' names hint at the items that were once sold on each of them, so Hang Bo means bamboo products, while Hang Ma translates to paper objects. Each road today specializes in a good, with some still related to the traditional item. Streets especially popular with tourists either for purchases or photo opportunities are Hang Bac (silver products, now filled with jewelry shops), Hang Ma (religious paper products, then and now), and Hang Dau (oil products, though currently it is a center for shoe vendors). Among these timeworn businesses, visitors will also encounter outlet stores selling Gap, Banana Republic, and North Face clothing—some authentic and some fake. The quarter is also packed with hotels, hostels, restaurants, and bars, making it a busy, must-see destination.
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14 Yên Thái, Cửa Đông, Hoàn Kiếm, Hà Nội, Vietnam