Six more streets in Hanoi’s Old Quarter will be zoned off for walkers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night from January 2014.

Under a project recently approved by the Hanoi People’s Committee, pedestrian zones will be expanded to include Hang Buom, Ma May, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen and Ta Hien streets, where many buildings date back to the 18th century.

The unique architectural complex includes historical sites such as the temples of Bach Ma, Quan De and Huong Tuong.

The area is famous for serving many of Hanoi’s most famous dishes such as Bun Thang (Rice vermicelli soup served with shredded chicken, fried egg strands, meat pie and mushroom), La Vong grilled fish, Pho (noodle soup served with beef or chicken) and Bun cha (rice noodle served with grilled pork).

Hotels and restaurants abound, many are being upgraded to appeal more to tourists.

Hang Ngang, Hang Dao, Dong Xuan and Hang Giay streets are already closed to traffic on Friday, Saturday and Sunday from 6pm to 11pm.-VNA