In the second half of the 19th century, Hang Vai Street ( 240 metres long) was a very prosperious market street featuring a variety of goods including clothing, fabrics, and household items.
When these market left, many shops selling traditional commodities such as pens, paapers, and fabrics still remained. Recently, during the various stages of Ha Noi economic development, many new goods imported from France, Hong Kong and Japan are being sold on Hang Vai however, the street’s overall appearance has not changed very much
Though no households sell fabric on this street today, its antique appearance has been preserved and it now specialises in bamboo products. All types of bamboo items for home interiors, architecture and construction are available here. The signboards of the shops with names of their owners, such as “ Nghia Dung’, Trong Son and Duc Trang have faded over time, but tidy tall piles of bamboo line both sides of the street forming a true ‘’bamboo street’ in the heart of the old town