Until the early 20th century, there were many large silk shops belonging to the Minh Huong people (the Chinese Vietnamese from the Ming dynasty) on 150 metre long Hang Ngang Street. It was quite exclusive and only the very rich could trade here.
Besides the Minh Huong, other traders, most notably the Phan family, Trinh Loi (at No.7) and Loi Quyen (at No.27) also sold silk. Only the highest quality fabrics were sold on this street such as brocade and glossy flowered satin, as well as elegant, refined silk clothing. In addition to the silks, Hang Ngang was famous for chinese tea shops including Sinh Thai, Chinh Thai, Ninh Thai and Song Hy. There were also shops selling Chinese medicinal herbs that acted as agencies for Chinese herb companies in Hong Kong, Shanghai, Singapore, and Sai Gon. Before 1945, there were also a number of shops run by Indians.
No. 48 Hang Ngang Street, now a historic revolutionary relic, was the house of the merchant Trinhj Phuc Loi, where President Ho Chi Minh worked in the first days after the 1945 August Revolution and wrote the Vietnamese Deckaratuib of Independence. Despite fierce military operations in 1946 and 1947, the houses in Hang Ngang were not destroyed because many Chinese Vietnamese were living there and the French army avoided damaging it. Today, Hang Ngang has changed and become the busiest and most prosperious street in Hanoi with the highest rents for houses and shops.
- 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)
- Hang Chieu Street (Sedge Mat Street)