Ha Noi and streets

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Ha Noi now has not only thirty six famous streets, but also more than hundred one and one of them, there are up to fifty there streets and alleys whose name start with "Hang" (Hàng) word. When coming to Ha Noi, it is sure that tourists wonder more or less what the streets are called and how they are formed. I would like to share a little of my following knowledge about some streets in Ha Noi so that tourists can understand more clearly when visiting Ha Noi.
P1. The streets called by beginning with "Hang" word

Hang Bong (Hàng Bông) street (Cotton street): its previous name was Hang Hai (Hàng Hài) (Sandals) and people often call it Hang Bong Hai (Cotton Scandals). This street was from Hang Gai (Hàng Gai) to Cua Nam (Cửa Nam), about 1km. its name was originated from the appearance of shops mainly making and selling shoes in age of French domination. There are a lot of kinds of scandals that are true one made from the light soft coral timber at sole and gold lame silk at toe and used in luxury families or fake one made of five colored papers and attached by gold paper to hang on door of temple of getting into a trance, attending a séance. This street is now a place being full of well-known fashion shops such as Phu Hung tailor's majoring in making comple, veston and some snack-bars such as the snack-bar selling fermented pork roll at alley of Tam Thuong and Hang Bong is ranked among the best in Ha Noi.

Hang Bac (Hàng Bạc) street (Silversmiths) was originated from Le dynasty and a place where there was highly full of goldsmiths being famous for talent in the imperial Thang Long city and made many sophisticated jewelry renowned at domestic Vietnam and abroad. It also had another French name which is Rue de changeurs (i.e. street of exchanging money or street of wealthy people) in French domination. Nowadays, tourists will become interested in tubular houses and a kind of house (containing short house, attic, small window whose view is down look to street), roofs being curved, billowing and soft. All make Hang Bac charmful and distinguished differently from many ancient streets of Ha Noi.


 Hàng Bạc

Hang Be (Hàng Bè) street (Rafts street): was used to be a section of old dyke and at that time, the water flowed near to dyke footing, so people carried Neohouzeaua (a kind of bamboo), rattan leaf, building materials on rafts from up area to sell here. Therefore, this section of dyke was called Hang Be and the market on dyke was also called Hang Be market. When rafts couldn't be moored close dyke footing because extending with deposits of sand makes river far away, this street became a place to sell areca, so they also call it Hang Cau street. Now, tourists can stop by Dan Que (Đan Quế) shop at 24 Hang Be street to enjoy the cake made of glutinous rice and dyed black in a concoction of leaves, appearing from the 1940s.

Hang Bo (Hàng Bồ) street (Basket): expands from Hang BAc to crossroad of Hang Thiec (Hàng Thiếc) - Thuoc BAc (Thuốc Bắc) - Bat Dan (Bát Đàn). People named it Rue des Paniers in the age of French domination and this place was full of shops selling tools weaved by bamboo, Neohouzeaua (a kind of bamboo) such as baskets, small lacquer-caulked bamboo boat, large grain basket. Today the old trades are no longer developed, but the new shops sell all kinds of Chinese product (Fukien ) instead. There are also some relatively delicious snack-bars such as sweet cake shop named Bui Cong Trung at 20 Hang Bo street, food store at 71 Hang Bo serving "banh cuon" (a cuisine made of rice-flour, rolled with meat then steamed)

  Hang Bo 

Hang Bo street 

Hang Buom (Hàng Buồm) street (Sails street): locates in the heart of ancient Ha Noi ward. This street once specialized in dealing in all kinds of sail sewed with cloth or woven with reed for boats. It was the most crowded with overseas Chinese communities. The number of Chinese people now living here is not a lot, however, the street still keep its appearance entirely crowded, together with many small restaurants. The architecture of street changes least of other streets and Tuoi Tho preschool which was previously used to be Chinese's club at 22 of street is the most typical case. Then, due to stressful relationship between Vietnam and China, Chinese gradually withdrew from Ha Noi. There is a supernatural relic of Vietnamese left on this row of ancient street which is Bach Ma temple at number of 76.

Hang Khay (Hàng Khay) street (Trays street) extends from Hang Bai (Hàng Bài) to Ba Trieu (Bà Triệu) crossroad. It has been famous for commodities enchased sophisticatedly such as chairs, wardrobes, tables, couches... since 13th century. In the 18th century, French people named it Rue des incrusteurs (street of engravers) when they came to Ha Noi (Hà Nội). Then, after 1954, it was renamed and has been called Hang Khay (Hàng Khay) up to now and has still developed the old industry sufficiently with many galleries such as Hoang Anh (Hòang Anh) fine arts, Collection Shop, Moon Shop... the models are so plentiful that they can attract a lot of foreign tourists visiting to.

Hang Mam (Hàng Mắm) street (Pickled Fish street) sells kinds of groceries and salted fish, but especially in the shrimp paste contained in big terracotta jars. This trade no longer exists now, but is replaced by shops producing stone stele and selling stone articles


 Hàng Mắm

Phố Hàng Mắm bây giờ là các cửa hàng chuyên làm bia đá 

Hang Manh (Hàng Mành) street (Bamboo-screens street) is a row of houses extending more than a hundred meters from Hàng Bông and mostly deals in goods made from bamboo, reed, types of barks and leafs including bamboo-screens, lanterns, blinds laid upon table. In the past, these products were made by residents on street, but now are given to be sold by workshops and trade villages. It is really interesting when tourists visit here to discover and take a look at the old craftsmen drawing skillfully on boards of bamboo-screens and especially enjoy the specific cuisine named bun cha "bún chả" (Vermicelli and grilled chopped meat) at no.1 Hang Manh

Hàng Mành 
Hang muoi (Hàng Muối) street (Salt street) is a small and narrow one extending less than a hundred meter and mainly dealt in salt in the Lê dynasty (salt was very valuable and expensive at that time). Nowadays, people consider Hàng Muối as one of streets trading in the interior of car earliest in Ha Noi

Hang Ngang (Hàng Ngang) street (Transversal street) extends from Hang Duong (Hàng Đường) to Hang Dao (Hàng Đào). According to the book named "dictionary with place-names in Hà Nội", this street used to have the prostitutes lying at head of street some three centuries ago, so it was called Hang Ngang. Furthermore, there is another explanation as this place was previously a street of Chinese people, even though they were Han (Hán), Quang Dong (Quảng Đông) or Fukien (Phúc Kiến) people, all were called Tang people (belonging to Chinese dynasty found by Li Yuan) or Duong Nhan (Đường Nhân) and French translated it to be Quảng Đông people that is Cantonnais and their voice speaking with a slight accent made it "Ngang". Besides, the house of Trinh Phuc Loi (Trịnh Phúc Lợi) listed as a revolutionary historical monument at no.48 was the place where the Uncle Ho president wrote our "Declaration of Independence". There was no damage or collapse of houses at Hang Ngang street during the fighting from 1946 to 1947 because French army avoided destroying this street where many overseas Chinese had been living.

Source: simplevietnam.com

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