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Old Quarter, Hanoi

Old Quarter, Hanoi
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Copyright: Will Perrett (willperrett) Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 1056 W: 301 N: 2850] (13186)
Genre: Places
Medium: Color
Date Taken: 2015-10-18
Categories: Daily Life
Camera: Canon EOS5D, Canon EF 24-70mm f2.8L USM
Exposure: f/5.0, 1/100 seconds
Map: [view]
Photo Version: Original Version
Theme(s): Will's street snaps [view contributor(s)]
Date Submitted: 2015-11-30 6:32
Viewed: 2133
Points: 30
[Note Guidelines] Photographer's Note
Đinh Liệt, Hon Kiếm, H Nội (otherwise Dinh Liet Street, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi).

This bustling street is in the centre of the Old Quarter of Hanoi, and it's possible to see here evidence of the French colonial architecture, albeit faded and commercialized with shopfronts and advertisements. By far the best way to see the Old Quarter is simply to dive into the maze of twisted lanes, and get lost. Everything spills out onto the pavements which double as moped parks, workshops and display space for merchandise for sale. Vibrant, chaotic and not to be missed.

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Hello Will,
Despite the evident dilapidation the architecture still retains a certain charm. The people and the scooters bring a sense of dynamism to the scene. Excellent rendering of the colours and textures.

Hello Will,
Hanoi, especially the old quarter, is somewhere near the top of favourite places ever visited. Between 1993 and 1995 I saw a lot of change, traffic increasing and new buildings all looking the same popping up everywhere, so I've been a bit worried that the city might lose its soul through modernization. But this place looks as beautifully shabby as ever and I would love to get lost in any of the narrow streets in this neighbourhood. It's a fine photo that brings back nice memories.
Best regards,

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  • dta Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 6128 W: 277 N: 11965] (91884)
  • [2015-11-30 7:05]

Hello Will ,
As you say , the exhubrance and the diversity of the elements give a lot of charm to this street scene , I like especially the old facades , the green vegetation , and here , the wires .

Hello Will
Glad to see,There are room for vegetation in this chaotic environment..Lovely daily life scene..


Hello Will,
there is a nice blend of old and new to enjoy with the rather tired looking buildings providing a perfect backdrop to the array of modern motor bikes.
Even the scrubby trees contribute to the overall charm of the chaotic scene.
Regards Les.

Hi Will
Definitely the kind of place where I would like to be now (rather than were I currently am - easy to guess...).
I like the colurful colonial facades and the fact that you captured the people in the street. The person wearing a traditional bamboo hat is a nice touch.
Best wishes

Hi Will,

Lively daily life photo with shops open at daylight and people coming out to the city by motorcycle, good pov and good frame to show the beautiful old architectures, impressive local street view, distinct photo, good shoot.


Hello Will,
A nice typical street scene. Well done!
Best regards.

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  • jhm Gold Star Critiquer/Gold Star Workshop Editor/Gold Note Writer [C: 24932 W: 520 N: 42025] (180144)
  • [2015-12-01 5:22]

Hello Will,

Ha Noi, a modern city after the heavy bombing in the sixties.
That must are pleasant for a stroll in the narrow streets with the small shops.
An excellent architecture picture too.
Wonderful panorama view about the area.
An excellent presentation too.
Very well done, TFS.

Best regards,

Ciao Will, nice corner, lovely daily life scene, excellent clarity, wonderful colors and splendid light, very well done, my friend, ciao Silvio

Hi Will
thanks for the linking info, i guess i'll have to give it another try.

I've never been to Vietnam, but this is seemingly much more calm of a street scene than what we're used to seeing.

for sure the highlight is the Colonial architecture, its awesome to have the trees and plants coming out of control as well.

Guess I'll make it to Vietnam one of these days.
colourful shot

Dear Will,

You illustrate the historic layers of the city very well. As 'Good Morning, Vietnam' is one of my favorite movie, I am keen on to see other parts of the series.

Best Regards,

Hi Will
Great shot showing portion of the fast changing pace of life and a typical street scene in Hanoi. Like the sense of movement, great counterpoint between the moving bikes and the static ones on the right and excellent range of vibrant colours too. A slice of Vietnamese life timely shot, just the noise is missing here!! Congrats
Best wishes


lovely little series from Vietnam, the boy (Shy lad) is excellent, but my favorite is still this, I would love to get lost in the old quarter!

TFS, have a nice weekend!


Hello Will,
This gives a very good impression of the old town with the inevitable scooters and motorbikes (I don't know how I survived walking the streets of Hanoi!). Very good colours and clarity - nice one Will.
Best wishes, Ann

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