Vietnam – The Trail of Hanoi (11)

Today we are heading back to Hanoi’s Old Quarters which is near Hoan Kiem lake. It has the original street layout and architecture of old Hanoi. The city consisted of only about 36 streets, most of which are now part of the old quarter. Each street had merchants and households specialized in a particular trade, such as silk traders, jewelry, etc.

Our first stop was St. Joseph’s Cathedral; a church on Nha Tho Street in the Hoan Kiem District of Hanoi, Vietnam. The cathedral of the Roman Catholic Archdiocese of Hanoi to nearly 4 million Catholics in the country.

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Exterior of the cathedral

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Interior with the view of the alter.

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From the church we took the trishaw to get around the old quarters. Socialist statue by Ho Kiem Lake.

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The locals on their motorbikes and lots of trishaws too.

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It is always nice to slowly walk along the road or little small alleys in the old quarters as you can really see the life of the Vietnamese people there.

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Vietnamese dolls ….. So many types and so colourful as souvenirs.

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A common sight of stalls selling specialize in just one thing.

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More pictures to come on old quarters. Stay tune….

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