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Hanoi to not open pedestrian streets on Tet
  • |, TP | January 22, 2020 11:07 PM
Hanoi will not open pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and the Old Quarter on the Lunar New Year or Tet.

According to Hoan Kiem District People’s Committee, the walking zone around Hoan Kiem lake and proximities, including the Old Quarter, will be closed from January 24 to February 2 (the last day of the 12th lunar month and the first and the second day of the New Year).


Hanoi's Hoan Kiem pedestrian street

From February 7 or the 14th day of the new year, the pedestrian street areas will be reopened.

Vice chairman of the committee Dinh Hong Phong said that the walking area halt is aimed to help people to travel in the area more conveniently on Tet.

The pedestrian streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi’s Old Quarter are popular destinations for Hanoians and tourists.

The walking area around Hoan Kiem Lake spreads over 11 streets, which are Dinh Tien Hoang, Le Lai, Le Thach, Dinh Le, Nguyen Xi, Trang Tien (from Ngo Quyen to Dinh Tien Hoang), Hang Khay, Le Thai To, Hang Trong (from St Joseph’s Cathedral to Le Thai To), Nha Tho and the Cathedral square. The streets are closed to traffic from Friday night through Sunday mid-night.

The pedestrian street helped to increase tourists to Hoan Kiem District to 2.18 million in 2018 compared to just 1.36 million in 2016 and 1.95 million in 2017. District tourism revenues in 2019 were estimated at VND9.74 trillion (USD426 million) compared to VND8.89 trillion last year and VND7 trillion in 2017.

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