In the past , Hang Buom 300 metres long, sold all kinds of boat sails made of fabric or woven rush. It was also where many Chinese Vietnamese lived and therefore had a large number of restaurants and bars. Today this street features many shops selling candy, alcohol, and wine. There is a small hotel on the street and the Hanoi Culture House is located at No.88.
“ ** Den Bach MA (White Horse Temple)”*** Talking about Hang Buom Street you can't help reminding this oldest temple in Hanoi
White Horse Temple is located at No.76 Hang Buom street and, according to legend, was built in the 9th century to worship Long Do, the god- protector of the eastern part of ancient Thang Long. As the story goes, when Kinh Ly Cong Uan moved to capital from Hoa Lu ( Ninh Binh province) to Thang Long in 1010, he tried may times to construct a citadel, but failed every time. He prayed to Long Do and one morning a white horse appeared coming out from the Long Do Temple. It circle around the construction site leaving footprints, then returned to the temple and disappeared. King Ly Cong Uan built the citadel within the horse’s footprins and it stood firm. The king honored the horse as the god of Thang Long and since then, the god Long Do was also known as Bach Ma or “ White Horse”
Bach Ma Temple is a long, large building stretching from Hang Buom Street to Ngo Gach alley. With its thousan year history, the White Horse Temple is a major architectural heritage of Hanoi.
The layout of the temple includes the entrance; front, middle, and rear whorshipping bays; and a sanctuary. It also contains many valuable ancient relics such as stone steles, royal honorable certifications, a palanquin, and statues of horses, cranes and humans. With its architectural value and numerous artifacts, Bach Ma Temple is a precious source of materials for studying and getting to know many aspects of Thang Long – Hanoi.
- Ta Hien Street
- Hang Giay Street (Shoe Street)
- Hang Bac Street (Silver Street)
- Ma May Street (Rattan Street)
- Ngo Gach Street (Brick Street)
- Hang Chieu Street (Sedge Mat Street)
- Hang Giay Street (Paper Street)
- Hang Khoai Street (Potato Street)
- Hang Dau Street (Bean Street)
- Hang Gai Street ( Ramie Street)