Hanoi considers allowing overnight services to boost night-time economy

Authorities in Hanoi are seeking feedback for a pilot scheme to allow recreational establishments in Hoan Kiem area to stay open past midnight.


Under the scheme, catering, entertainment and shopping services in Hoan Kiem district, the busiest area in Hanoi, will be allowed to operate overnight every day while outdoor activities, historical relics and heritage sites will stay open until midnight.

Night-time economic activities in the district mainly cover the fields of cultural, entertainment services, gastronomy, shopping, healthcare, tourism and transportation, financial and banking activities.

District authorities have mapped out plans to develop, improve infrastructure and cultural programs, implement big street festivals and organize service, trade and tourism activities around the Hoan Kiem Lake and the surrounding area to boost the night-time economy development.

Currently, the 16-street walking zone around the Hoan Kiem Lake are only closed to vehicles from 7 p.m. Friday until midnight Sunday./.