Hanoi has been the capital of Vietnam since a long, long time now and is the best place to experience true Vietnamese heritage and culture. The capital city of Vietnam has changed a lot after surviving under Chinese domination, French colonization, industrialization, the Vietnam War and the modern age. Located between Hoan Kiem Lake, Long Bien Bridge, and the old city wall is Hanoi’s Old Quarter. If the local lore is to be believed, the place was a marshy land full of snakes and alligators but it all changed after it turned into the cluster of villages governed by the Chinese Government. Later, the small workshops evolved, craftsmen and artisans started migrating from different parts.
People who moved n from the countryside brought in their own customs and traditions to the city building pagodas, temples, and communal living spaces, and transforming the old quarter into a thriving center for arts and crafts. Although a lot has changed with time the place still has its creative values intact. Tourists visiting Hanoi must explore Old Quarter preferably on foot. Besides hotels, restaurants, and sights, the Old Quarter is also the prime shopping district. As interesting as Old Quarter can be during the day, it is the perfect place to be after the sunset. The narrow streets are illuminated by colorful lights and lamps and cafes echo with the live performances. Old Quarter is a different yet pleasing place to be and keeps both locals and tourists entertained with its charm.