Pathways To The Soul Of Old Hanoi
Vietnam Heritage|October - November 2018

About Hanoi, artist Le Thiet Cuong wrote, Alleys are the roots and streets are the tree tops.

Le Bich

The more I thought about it the deeper Ifelt it. The city used to be attached to the village. Half-done goods used to be delivered to the alleys to be completed before being showcased, exposed to street passersby. Alleys served as the entrepôts behind the street shops. Hanoi people loved quietness and country style neighborhood and so they preferred living in the alleys.

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