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More pedestrian malls to open around Hoan Kiem Lake

Released at: 09:25, 27/08/2016

More pedestrian malls to open around Hoan Kiem Lake

Photo: Duc Anh

Hanoi announces closing down of more streets to motor vehicles following the success of pedestrian malls in the Old Quarter.

by Nhi Linh

Many more streets around Hanoi’s Hoan Kiem Lake will become pedestrian malls from 7pm to midnight on Friday, Saturday and Sunday nights, starting from September 1.

The Hanoi Department of Transport is responsible for banning vehicles and preventing congestion nearby. There will be 78 parking lots for motor vehicles, motorbikes and bicycles capable of keeping 87 buses, 600 motor cars, and over 2,700 motorbikes and bicycles.

Streets to close include Dinh Tien Hoang, Hang Khay, Le Thai To (from Hang Trong to Hang Khay), Le Lai (from Dinh Tien Hoang to Ly Thai To), Le Thach, Tran Nguyen Han (from Dinh Tien Hoang to Ly Thai To), Dinh Le, Nguyen Xi, Trang Tien (from Ngo Quyen to Hang Bai), Lo Su (from Dinh Tien Hoang to Nguyen Huu Huan), Hang Dau (from Dinh Tien Hoang to Cau Go), Ho Hoan Kiem, Luong Van Can (from Hang Hanh to Le Thai To), Hang Bai (from Hai Ba Trung to Hang Khay), and Bao Khanh (from Bao Khanh to Le Thai To).

This is the largest expansion made to the pedestrian malls around Hoan Kiem Lake. Hoan Kiem district reviewed the efficiency of six pedestrian malls (Hang Buom, Ma May, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien, and Dao Duy Tu) in the Old Quarter last November after a year of opening.

Ms. Tran Thuy Lan, Deputy Head of the Managing Board of the Old Quarter, said that opening the pedestrian malls has encouraged tourists to spend more time in the area. Business also increased remarkably and local food streets attract many local and foreign tourists.

The stalls and entertainment activities also received good feedback from the public.

Nonetheless, leaders of Hoan Kiem district also acknowledged there are still some problems to sort out, including large amounts of rubbish.

In July the Hanoi People’s Committee announced improvements around Hoan Kiem Lake, such as synchronizing lighting systems, placing more security in the area, and supporting foreign tourists.

The city also encourages the planting of flowers, the installation of more public seating, and the use of anti-slip materials on the roads and sidewalks. It also encourages local people to repaint their front walls, roofs, and the gates. It will support households in the district with flowers to decorate the outside of their house to add some color.

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