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5/14/2018 11:43:10 AM

Second pedestrians’ space of Hanoi opened

(VNF) - A new pedestrian street, Trinh Cong Son street in Nhat Tan ward of Hanoi’s Tay Ho district near the West Lake, was launched in the evening of May 11th, offering additional entertainment spaces for locals and visitors.

Pedestrians at the Trinh Cong Son street on the opening night. (Photo: tuoitre.vn)

The street, named after Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001), one of the greatest songwriters of modern Vietnam, is designed to be a venue of arts and street food performance. Its opening was postponed several times for better preparations.

Along with the street, the pedestrian space also contains part of Alley 431 Au Co street and Alley 612 Lac Long Quan street.

It will open for walkers from 7.30 pm on Friday, Saturday and Sunday. There are 60 kiosks planned for the street but only 15 will be opened for the pilot programme which will last until the end of 2018.

Addressing the opening, Vice Chairman of the Hanoi People’s Committee Ngo Van Quy said that the second pedestrian route of Hanoi aims to attract more visitors by offering  new cultural, art and entertainment spaces.

TOUGH BEGINING

The idea about a project to turn Trinh Cong Son street into a pedestrian one was initiated by the People's Committee of Tay Ho district in 2015 and started to be implemented in 2016.

It had once been expected that the street named after the talented music composer would soon become a walking space at weekends, at the end of August 2017 when vendor kiosks were set up and the surrounding landscape was also adjusted. A parking lot for motor vehicles was anticipated; the two public squares alongside the lake were expected to be utilised for community cultural activities. The 2017 Capital Liberation Day had been set to mark the inauguration of this walking street.

However, the fixed kiosks, modeled after the ancient house of Hanoi and Hoi An, became the cause of the delay of the expected implementation of this project, due to the opposition of the residents nearby.

15 stalls/booths selling food and staging music performances. (Photo: tuoitre.vn)

A STREET OF ART

According to the initial project plan, Trinh Cong Son street would have about 50 - 60 food stalls/booths, then the number got reduced to 30. However, in the initial time period following the inauguration there shall be only 15 stalls/booths allowed to be erected, selling typical West Lake dishes such as Phu Thuong steamed sticky rice, West Lake fried shrimp cake, snail rice vermicelli, as well as other famous specialties of Hanoi such as Thanh Tri steamed rice rolls, Vong village green young rice, etc.

Hence, this almost-1-km-long street shall include an art space with a 2,000m2 outdoor stage near the lotus pond for performances of music composed by Trinh Cong Son, with water puppet shows at the two lotus lakes, plus other traditional performance art forms such as Quan Ho singing, folk singing, etc.

Tay Ho district will collaborates with the Hanoi College of Art and some other organisations to prepare the performance schedule for art programs at weekend. In addition, individuals and groups who love Trinh Cong Son music can freely express themselves, however must register their performances to the Culture and Information Office of Tay Ho district.

The first pedestrian space of Hanoi is streets around Hoan Kiem Lake and Hanoi Old Quarter, which 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 street 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.

It is linked to the pedestrian streets in the Old Quarter include Hang Buom, Ma May, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien, Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Hang Duong and Dong Xuan./.

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