Despite the obsolescence of its tubular houses (nhà ống) and its old quarter of 36 streets and guilds, the “old Hanội” make over time the charming and romantic feeling. This old quarter that extends over an area mesuring approximately 82 ha, was established according to the criteria mentioned in the geomancy, a Asian discipline for finding the equilibrium and harmony between water and earth and especially between the beneficial wind (Blue Dragon) and the evil wind (White Tiger).
Each street has its specialty: street consecrated to the silk with multicolored scarves, street reserved only to the drugs with the fragrance of aromatic herbs etc … , that is what writer Roland Dorgeles told in his book “On the mandarin road”. In his book entitled “A description of Tonkin kingdom “, the English merchant Samuel Baron mentioned that with his illustrations and his interesting descriptions.
Despite its insignificant size against that of Vietnam, the old quarter of Hànội manifests irrefutably the commercial and urban culture of the Vietnamese over many centuries. It is a model sorely needed for knowing in depth the traditional structure of the “town” in the rural world of the Vietnamese.
The old quarter has a thousand years of history even if this latter is chaotic. Hànội has been predicted by king Lý Thái Tổ for ten thousand generations to come during the transfer of the capital. Hànội remains not only the eternal capital of the Vietnamese but also the sole city in South-East Asia successfully keeping its mercantile city over the centuries.
Thu Quyến Rũ (The seduction of Autumn of Đoàn Chuẫn-Từ Linh).
Saxophonist Quyền Văn Minh.
This track is taken from the album “Hànội mùa thu và em” (Hànội, the autumn and my love).