Strolling through the old streets of Đinh Liệt, Hàng Bạc, qua Hàng Bè, Gia Ngư and then Cầu Gỗ, Nguyễn Hữu Huân, interesting stories on Hanoi’s culture, heritage, architecture gradually unfolded, with a detailed introduction and diverse images that Stella had prepared for the trip.
From the tale of the thousand-year-old capital’s 36 streets, the old villas from the French colonial rule, the establishment of Thăng Long Water Puppertry Theatre, to the development of the local traditional puppertry art, the “legendary” cafés on Nguyễn Hữu Huân Street…, every pieces of the past vividly come alive, allowing a glimpse to an ancient Hanoi – with its ups and downs, and the overlapping vestiges of various cultural layers.
The group stopped by Kim Ngân Communal House, once a place for traditional jewelry trading.
Passing through Gia Ngư Street, Stella said that this area used to be the lakebed of Thái Cực Lake. The street name came from an ancient village once situated next to Thái Cực Lake, whose people make a living by fishing.
Nguyễn Hữu Huân Street is filled with coffee shops, among which are famous established cafés like Cafe Lâm, Cafe Giảng.