Putting the breaks on the Old Quarter (03-12-2009) Proposal to move 30% of the overcrowded Old Quarter's population across the river. Hang Dao Street in Ha Noi's Old Quarter. City authorities plan to relocate about 30 per cent of the overcrowded Old Quarter's population to the other side of the Red River. — VNA/VNS Photo Doan Tung HA NOI — Thirty per cent of the population of Ha Noi's overcrowded Old Quarter will be moved to the other side of the Hong (Red) River if a project proposed by the People's Committee of Hoan Kiem District is approved. This will mean shifting 25,000 of the 1-sq.km area's present population of about 84,000. The move will not interfere with the traditional craft, herbal and religious shops that abound in an ancient district whose history stretches back at least to the founding of Thang Long, one of the former names for Ha Noi, 999 years ago. In the first phase, which will start towards the end of next year, 1,900 households will be … [Read more...] about Putting the breaks on the Old Quarter
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The Hanoitimes - The city has stepped up efforts to refurbish Hanoi to welcome the millennial anniversary. But some say re-painting old houses, re-mortaring Hang Dau - the oldest water tower in Hanoi, and re-paving the bank of Hoan Kiem Lake could harm the some of the Old Quarter's charm. Dan Tri newspaper talked with Nguyen Manh Cuong, chief of Hanoi's Board for Urban Refurbishment and Management about this matter. Many local people worry that the giving the city a modern makeover will take away unique characters of ancient works. What is your opinion? Refurbishing the city to welcome the Thang Long-Hanoi's 1000th anniversary is a policy of the Hanoi administration and the National Board for Thang Long-Hanoi Millennial Anniversary. This important project was implemented in 2009. We are trying to make the city more beautiful, not to deform the city's ancient architecture. Many old streets now look ugly because of temporary structures like lean-tos and shacks and advertising … [Read more...] about Millennium makeover could ruin the Old Quarter
The Hanoi Times - Thirty per cent of the population of Ha Noi's overcrowded Old Quarter will be moved to the other side of the Red River if a project proposed by the People's Committee of Hoan Kiem District is approved. This will mean shifting 25,000 of the one square kilometer area's present population of about 84,000. The move will not interfere with the traditional craft, herbal and religious shops that abound in an ancient district whose history stretches back at least to the founding of Thang Long, one of the former names for Ha Noi, 999 years ago. In the first phase, which will start towards the end of next year, 1,900 households will be re-established in a new high-rise residential area, the Viet Hung, now being built in Long Bien District. Approval for the whole project is expected to be given in a few months' time, according to deputy head of the Old Quarter Management Board Le Quynh Anh. The first part of the project is expected to cost the Government VND4,000 billion … [Read more...] about Putting the brakes on the Old Quarter
Art lovers ask: Honey, who shrunk the Old Quarter? (28-11-2007) What is this, an Old Quarter for mice? Visitors explore artist Vuong Thao's Living Fossils exhibition. — VNS Photo Truong Vi Ha Noi — Lovers of Ha Noi can run into the familiar but strange images of the Old Quarter's street corners by painter Vuong Thao at an exhibition named Living Fossils now on display at the French Culture Centre, L' Espace, at 24 Trang Tien Street. The showroom contains 80 works, 36 of which are models, along with 36 electric poles, representing the quarter's 36 streets. All of the oil-painted models are on the composite block; and the audience should be surprised because they look like eternal fossils on display. Among the works are the well-reputed Vinh Bao house at 36 Hang Dong Street, the house with Truyen Than (Portrait Drawing) signboard at 51 Hang Dao Street and the red, wood-door house at 36 Hang Can Street, all of which attract the audience's interest. These old streets … [Read more...] about Art lovers ask: Honey, who shrunk the Old Quarter?
Showcasing the Old Quarter's charms (17-07-2009) Plans have been drawn up to extend a pedestrian walkway and revamp the old water tower. by Huong Ly Walkabout: Hanoians enjoy walking around on the opening day of the Old Quarter Walkway on October 10, 2004. Since then, the route has been a favourite destination for tourists. — VNA/VNS Photo Thanh Ha Tourist Mecca: The Tortoise Tower in Sword Lake, the symbol of the ancient capital, is situated near the "pedestrians-only" area. — VNS Photo Doan Tung Capital city authorities have chosen two urban projects in the Old Quarter to help celebrate the 1000th birthday of Ha Noi next year. The first project is to double the length of the existing half a kilometre long "pedestrians-only" walkway from Hang Dao Street to Dong Xuan Market and to keep it open 24 hours a day, seven days a week instead of just during the evenings from Friday to Saturday. Cars, taxis,motorbikes and other motor traffic have been banned from the … [Read more...] about Showcasing the Old Quarter’s charms