Ta Hien, also known as Ta Quang Hien, was a native of Quang Lang Commune, Thuy Anh district ( no Thai Thuy district), in Thai Binh province. He was military commander during the Nguyen dynasty ( 1802 – 1945 ) and became the leader of the patriotic movement against the French in Thai Binh during the reign of King Ham Nghi ( 1871-1943), the eighth Nguyen King.
When the name of Ta Hien Street is mentioned, a nickname associated with its current daily life comes immediately to mind-“ the International Crossroads.” This crossroad is always boisterous and full of merriment; it is a popular place for foreign tourists to gather and meet each other as well as the local people, and to experience the exciting atmosphere of Hanoi.
Ta Hien Street is the first place many tourists arriving in Hanoi after touring around and enjoying the city for a few days , it is often the final place to say good bye before leaving for airport. Because so many foreign visitors come to this street it has become known as “ tourists land” and the people here make a living off tourism and the retails trade.
Almost all residents of Ta Hien Street are engaged in the tourism business, particularly booking tours. There is also a wide variety of hotels, restraurants, cafes shops and aspecialy Bia Hoi ( Fresh Bia ) on the street.
Ta Hien Street is considered a gem of the Old Quarter because of the overall harmony of its architecture which combines oriental and western features on the facades of the houses. It also has many small, cramped alleys that were famous in the past such as Quang Lac alley ( associated with an ancient Tuong Opera house of the same name and is now the Ta Hien Theatre)
Sam Cong alley ( ared light district during the French domination; few Hanoians went there for a number of reasons), and Hai Tuong alley, which is located at the intersection of Ta Hien, Luong Ngoc Quyen and Hang Bac Streets
- 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)
- Hang Quat Street (Fan Street)