Hanoi's Hoan Kiem District People's Committee have announced that they will turn nine more streets into pedestrian streets at the weekend starting from October.
Hanoi's pedestrian street
The list includes Hang Chieu, Nguyen Sieu, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Bac, Dinh Liet, Gia Ngu streets and Gach, Cau Go, Trung Yen alleyways. They are also considered to have special values that need to be preserved and connect with the pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake.
Vehicles will be banned from going onto the streets on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6pm until midnight.
Asides from cultural and musical activities are and will be carried out on pedestrian streets, the authorities are making plan to hold more activities at popular locations such as O Quan Chuong Gate, Kim Ngan Temple and Chuong Vang Theatre.
Hanoi authorities claimed the number of visitors to the city increased after the pedestrian streets opened on the National Holiday on September 2. From September 2 to 4, Hanoi received 207,236 visitors, an increase of 22% compared to the same period last year, and local businesses earned around VND526bn (USD22.72m).