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Old Hanoi exhibited around Old Quarter

A collection of documents and photographs of Hanoi from the 19th century to the middle of the 20th century will be exhibited in the capital this month.

Hang Than, one of streets in the Old Quarter in the early 19th century.
Hang Than, one of streets in the Old Quarter in the early 19th century.

Themed “Nostalgia for Hanoi Streets”, the exhibition will take place at the pedestrian mall around the Old Quarter from October 5 to 7 and October 12 to 14 and at the Temple of Literature on October 15.

The exhibition is being organized by the National Archives of Vietnam (NAV) to mark the 64th anniversary of Hanoi Liberation Day (October 10).

Visitors to the exhibition can turn back time and visit an old Hanoi with quiet streets, beautiful French-style buildings, and valuable historical relics.

The highlight of the exhibition is the Old Quarter, which has been the busiest area in the city since the 11th century, when Hanoi was selected as the capital. It was gathering point of businesspeople and artisans, creating “trade streets” named after the trade, starting with “Hang” (ware), such as Hang Bac (Silver Ware Street), Hang Tre (Bamboo Ware Street), Hang Dong (Copper Ware Street), Hang Dao (Silk Ware Street), and Hang Than (Charcoal Ware Street).

The event also provides the opportunity for visitors to gain more insight into the capital through documentary photos on its history, culture, planning and architecture. These documents will also help policymakers devise proper solutions to preserve traditional values and build a modern and prosperous city.

This is part of a collection of photos of Hanoi displayed from September 6 until December 31 at the NAV at 18 Vu Pham Ham, Cau Giay district. The showing is one activity to celebrate the 45th anniversary of relations between Vietnam and France.