A Glimpse of Hanoi’s Old Quarter

Recently, the Management Board of Hanoi’s Old Quarter cooperated with the city of Toulouse to open an exhibition named “Ke cho – Pho co” (City Dwellers – Old Quarter) at Hanoi’s Old Quarter Cultural Exchange Centre to depict the formation and development of Hanoi’s Old Quarter in the past 1000 years.

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Phan Tuan Long – Vice Director of the Management Board of Hanoi’s Old Quarter acknowledged that since 2010, a group of experts from Toulouse and the Board have collaborated to collect documentary materials kept by domestic and foreign individuals and organisations in order to stage this exhibition.


Visitors study documents on the formation and development of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.


A visitor takes pictures of the exhibits.


Viewers discuss the culture and history of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.


“Ke cho – Pho co” exhibition is the occasion for foreign visitors to better understand
the history and culture of residents in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The exhibition included over 100 documentary images, illustrations and books on the history of Hanoi’s Old Quarter with English and French translations to help visitors imagine the evolution of Hanoi’s Old Quarter since 1010. The exhibition was divided into 5 phases: 11th century-16th century, 17th century – 19th century, 1884-1954, 1954-1986 and 1986-2014, which was the revival period after the “doi moi” (renewal) policy was applied.

The exhibition also included panels printed with pictures about traditional crafts in Hanoi’s Old Quarter and scale models of houses and religious buildings with a detailed timetable of construction and reparation to give further information about changes in Hanoi’s Old Quarter.

The exhibition provided residents in Hanoi’s Old Quarter as well as tourists the opportunity to better understand the thousand year old city.

Some images at the exhibition:


Houses of residents with different designs from different times.


Information and illustrations on the formation and development of Hanoi’s Old Quarter.


Trade in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in 1892.


The urban village of Thanh Ha in 1875.


A map of Hanoi in 1954.


Life of people in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in 1955.


Houses, traffic and lifestyle in Hanoi’s Old Quarter from 1980-1983.


Life, trading and houses of residents in the Old Quarter from 1991 to 1993.


Architecture in Hanoi’s Old Quarter in preservation.


Houses designed according to the neo-classical style.


Pictures of Hanoi’s Old Quarter and its residents in the past.


Story: Ngan Ha – Photos: Khanh Long