Hang Ruoi ( Sand Worm Street) is a short street less than 100 meters long. Its name comes from an ancient port on the Red River that used to be located here.
Every year during the sand season ( November and October) of the lunar calendar) people from coastal provinces came here to sell sandworms; the French called this street Rue des Vers Blancs ( Street of the White Worms) but after 1945 it was officially named Hang Ruoi ( Sand Worm Street)
Hang Ruoi is no longer only a street of sandworm merchants and the Red River has receded considerably, but every year, in the sandworm season, the streets of Hanoi resonate with the unmistakable melodious high pitched cry of sandworm sellers: “ Does anyone want to buy sandworms?”
Today Hang Ruoi features shops specialising in artificial flowers made of silk and nylon, some of which teach classes in flower arrnagement. There are also a few shops selling footwear, curtains, and coffee which add variety to this bustling street.