What's Hot at the Trinh Cong Son Walking Street in Hanoi

24 May 2018

Recently, Hanoi has added a second walking street next to West Lake, including Trinh Cong Son St. (behind West Lake Water Park) and a small part of Alley 431 Au Co St. as well as Alley 612 Lac Long Quan St. (Tay Ho district, Hanoi). On the evening of May 11, the art and cuisine culture space of Tay Ho district, located in Trinh Cong Son walking street area officially opened.

This is a completely new walking-only space, right next to the lotus ponds around the West Lake area. The stalls here are inspired by the architecture of the ancient streets of Hanoi, Hoi An, with bold regional cultural identity influence. This makes Trinh Cong Son walking street an entirely different experience compared to the one near Hoan Kiem Lake and Old Quarter.

On the mornings of Saturday and Sunday (May 12, 13), many street art activities took place, ranging from “hat xam” - a type of Northern Vietnamese street folk music performed on boats, to the vibrant and exciting performances of modern street dance groups.

Especially, besides the souvenir and handicraft shops, this new walking street also has a street food area with lots of stalls selling food and drinks. The food and drinks found at these stalls are your typical Hanoi street food and dessert, along with Korean, Japanese and Taiwanese street food and even some western dessert such as crepe. All of the stalls are promised to be in proper shape, modeled after mobile kiosks so that they can be pushed away and cleaned at the end of the weekend and give the streets back to the local residents.

The large square and the fountains have also been renovated so that visitors can further enjoy the folk art programs such as ca tru, hat xam or Dao Thuc water puppet show.

Earlier, in response to the press, Mr. Do Anh Tuan, Chairman of People's Committee of Tay Ho district said that the district has plans to open a "Western Market" area, creating space for the buying and selling goods of foreigners and expats living in Hanoi.

District leaders hope that the Trinh Cong Son walking street will become a cultural and artistic hub in Hanoi, and a place to exchange interesting merchandise in the future.

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