A popular Eco-friendly means of transportation in Hanoi are the rickshaws. Meanwhile, they is also available with electrical support.
In July 2010, Hanoi’s 1000th birthday, the offer was extended by electric cars, the reminiscent of a golf buggy. During our tour through the tourist center of Hanoi, we discovered a booth that offers sightseeing tours with electric car at Hoan Kiem Lake.
Hàng Ngang 48
First we ride to the house with the number 48 in the Hang Ngang Street. It is the place where President Ho Chi Minh wrote the Declaration of Independence for Vietnam, in August 1945.
Since 1970 it serves as a museum and memorial. Original photos and the former workrooms are freely accessible.
In addition to the Declaration of Independence, the organization of the national holiday was determined. Furthermore, the personnel decisions for the provincial governments were taken here.
Since nobody is there to ask what to visit, we also look to the upper floors. We end up at the housetop terrace from where we allow ourselves some views of the roofs of Hanoi again.
Đồng Xuân Market
The next stop is the Dong Xuan Market. It is Hanoi’s largest covered market.
The building was built in 1889 by the French colonial administration. Since then it has been thoroughly renovated several times. The last time in 1994, after a devastating fire.
On the market, you can buy clothes, household articles and food. Unfortunately, filming is not allowed by the security personnel.
Passing many other shops, restaurants and cafés, we reach O Quan Chuong.
O Quan Chuong
O Quan Chuong is the east gate to the old town of Hanoi. It is the only preserved gate of the old wall of the citadel.
The two-storey gate, built in 1749 and restored in 1817, is an example of the typical architecture of the Nguyen Dynasty.
It became a symbol of Vietnam’s will of resistance and desire for freedom. Once, a general held the gate with 100 men against the advancing French troops. Since 1994, O Quan Chong is recognized as a historic site.
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