Hanoi translates to “city inside rivers” (there are nine lakes in the city). It’s historic and more formal name is Thang Long, which has a more bad-ass meaning “Ascending Dragon”!
Hanoi is over a thousand years old! The city celebrated its 1000th birthday on 10/10/2010.
On 5 October 2010, the Hanoi Ceramic Mosaic Mural, which measures at 3,850metres long, was named the world’s largest ceramic mosaic and awarded a Guinness World Records certificate! The wall is made of up thousands upon thousands of ceramic pieces from the local pottery village of Ba Trang, just outside of the city.
The Long Bien Bridge (the rickety looking one) was once one of the longest bridges in Asia. A French architect named Alexandre-Gustave Eiffel designed it. Sound familiar? Oui oui, it is the same man behind the Eiffel Tower and the Statue of Liberty.
Vietnam’s first university was founded in Hanoi in 1076. It was built in dedication to Confucius and his disciples. Entrance was only granted to those of noble birth!
Hanoi’s art and music scene has been thriving since the 11th century. (Yes, you read that correctly) The art of water puppetry dates back to this time when puppets were used to tell the stories on the rice paddies accompanied by traditional musical numbers!
At the beginning of the 20th century, Hanoi only had 36 streets, most of which now makes up the Old Quarter! Each street was dedicated to a particular merchant specialty such as silk, jewellery and tin to name a few. Not much has changed though as locals; expats and visitors alike still refer to certain streets by what they sell. Our personal favourites are Shoe St, Sunglasses St & Street food St!
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