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Old Quarter exhibition opens

Released at: 15:19, 19/04/2015

Old Quarter exhibition opens

Exhibition of culture and life in Hanoi's ancient streets hopes to provide greater understanding of their history and development.

by Son Ho

The Hanoi Old Quarter Management Board opened an exhibition on April 17 at the Center for Cultural Exchange in Hanoi’s Old Quarter, at 50 Dao Duy Tu Street.

The exhibition recreates the formation and development of the Old Quarter, one of the last traditional market areas in Southeast Asia.

Despite its modest area, the Old Quarter is a convergence of many cultural characteristics of Vietnamese urban areas. Today the Old Quarter remains a center of culture and economy during Vietnam’s development process and is one of the most attractive destinations for tourists to the capital.

“Through this exhibition we hope that residents in the Old Quarter will realize the hidden beauty and value of the charming area,” said Ms. Vu Kim Ngan, who is in charge of exhibition information. “We will help them gain a deeper understanding of where they live.”

Many conservation projects have now been conducted in the Old Quarter, she added, and by opening the exhibition the organizer hopes to introduce citizens to the potential and diversity of the area.

The exhibition is one part of a cooperative program between Hanoi and Toulouse, France, on the preservation and development of the intangible value of the Old Quarter.

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