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Pedestrian street experiment begins in capital
  • |, TP | September 05, 2016 03:37 PM
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A Hanoi official believes pedestrianised streets could become a tourism selling point.

Several streets were closed around Hoan Kiem Lake on September 1 in addition to parts of the Old Quarter that already shut to traffic.


People on Trang Tien walking street on September 2 morning

The experiment will continue until the Lunar New Year in January with the roads shut from 7pm Friday to midnight Sunday.

Speaking with Tien Phong reporters, Do Dinh Hong, Director of the Hanoi Department of Tourism, claimed ‘hundreds’ of students were available to act as tour guides.

However, the streets around Hoan Kiem Lake are closed to business activities.

A wide range of cultural, musical and arts performances will be organised along with sports activities and folk games.

Hong also added that Hanoi will turn Nguyen Quy Duc Street in Thanh Xuan District into another pedestrian street and more walking streets are also planned in Tay Ho District.

Various experiments in temporary pedestrianisation have been attempted since 2014 with varying degrees of success. However, there have not been any attempts at fully pedestrianising any parts of the city.

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