The Hanoi People’s Committee is close to completing a project to expand pedestrian streets in the capital’s Old Quarter.

Pedestrian zones are being expanded in 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.

As planned, the project will be finished by December this year and more space will be allocated for walkers every Friday, Saturday and Sunday night.

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 and chicken) and Bun cha (rice noodle served with grilled pork).

Hotels and restaurants abound, and many of these are being upgraded to appeal further to tourists.

Hanoi’s Department of Culture, Sports and Tourism also plans to upgrade the historical relic sites of Hoan Kiem Lake, the Temple of Literature and Hoa Lo Prison.

Along with repairing and upgrading the three attractions, the department will also enhance connectivity among them to promote tourism development in the city.-VNA