Hang Dao Street is 260 metres long and was originally where fabric dyers and silk sellers lived and worked. Fabrics were mainly dyed red,peach flower, pink or rose, hence the name of the street. Nearly two hundred years ago, there was a well-known shop (located in the communal house at No.38) that sold tunics made of silk.
In the time of the French, silk was traded on both sides of Hang Dao but now it specialties in all types of colorful, elegant garments.
We can see both traditional houses and early 20th century western influenced buildings on this street.
In 2006, the people's Committee of Hoan Kiem district allowed a pedestrian street to be established on Friday, Saturday and Sunday called the Hang Dao - Dong Xuan Night Market.
It sells all kinds of handicrafts and other Hanoi Specialties for tourists and has become a new cultural feature of Hanoi, attracting many local people and visitors to the capital
Dong Lac communal house
Dong Lac comunal house is located at 38 Hang Dao Street. According to folklore and historical literary works, this communal house is for worshiping Cao Son (the god who protects the west), and the Bach Ma (White Horse) god, also known as Long Do, who protects the eastern part of the capital. It is also where silk tunics had been sold since the Le dynasty (15th century). Sadly, it was badly damaged over the years by war, nature and man, but in 1941 one household had it rebuilt into a two storey shop and it was still being used for that purpose in 1956. In 2000, the cities of Hanoi and Toulouse (France) cooperated to renovate and preserve this communal house and it is now the Headquarte of the Hanoi Management Board for Preserving the Ancient Streets. It is also open for local people and foreigners to visit.
- Hang Ngang Street (Cross Street)
- Hang Be Street (Bamboo Raft Street)
- Hang Tre Street (Bamboo Street)
- Hang Duong Street (Sugar Street)
- Hang Buom Street (Sails Street)
- Ta Hien Street
- Hang Giay Street (Shoe Street)
- Hang Bac Street (Silver Street)
- Ma May Street (Rattan Street)
- Ngo Gach Street (Brick Street)