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City walks: Nguyễn Công Trứ Street and surrounds

May 12, 2018 @ 9:30 AM - 12:00 PM



Our walk starts outside number 5D Hàm Long street, where the first Communist Party Cell of Hanoi was established. Then along Lò Đúc Street to the Pasteur gardens, and outside the National Institute of Hygiene & Epidemiology (originally the Pasteur Institute). Back up to Lò Đúc and into Nguyễn Công Trứ Street. We will mention some of the buildings from the French era, which sadly have been pulled down to make way for various developments. Carry on to Hai Bà Trưng Lake and the next door temple complex where we touch on the Hai Bà Trưng sisters’ era and their contribution to Vietnamese history. For the final part of the walk we will meander the lanes and alleys of amazing Cho Giời (sky market/Hoa Binh market), one of Hanoi’s huge and intriguing city markets specialised in one genre of goods. We end the walk where the market meets Phố Huế.

This eclectic walk touches on a number of influences that shaped Hanoi’s life. From the communist party to medical Hanoi, from Hebrard’s Indochinese architectural style to the alcohol industry, from the Hai Bà Trưng sisters and worship to the best market where you can find every possible type of tool and spare car parts.

We will visit a pagoda and temple complex but we are not allowed in – only in the temple groundsFor those who do not need to rush off afterwards, if you would like to stay on for something to eat we can have lunch at a nearby local bia hoi. (lunch is an individual expense not included in the walk)

Note that we will walk through Cho Gioi market, which is very crowded, noisy and narrow lanes so please take care of your possessions.

Max 12 people. Email Stella (the event organiser) to register.

We will meet outside 5D Ham Long Street @ 9.15am. See map for meeting point:


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May 12, 2018
9:30 AM - 12:00 PM
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Stella Ciorra
01662 979 605