A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter

Scattered around the Old Quarter are super narrow lanes measured barely 1 meter in width, where locals go through everyday, or even turn into their own stalls. The sight of such long, narrow lanes have become a common sight in Hanoi.
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A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Right besides small alleys are vibrant stores selling various lines of commodity, including fashion, clothing, jewelry, daily necessities, etc. The interesting combination creates contrast between the outer side and the inside of life in the Old Quarter.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Alleys measure nearly 1 meter in width and stretch long away from the facade is quite a familiar architecture in the Old Quarter, Hanoi.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Walking through the alley to get into the house gives a mysterious vibe, like walking through a tunnel.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

These alleys, however, are a magnetic attraction to Vietnamese tourists and foreigners alike.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Given the super narrow width, only one adult can go through it at a time.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)
A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)
A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

To clearly see where everything is, a light bulb is turned on all day long, as in here, no sun light can reach.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

The electrical wiring system and electricity meters inside the lane are interlocked, which poses imminent risks regarding electrical safety and fire prevention.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)
A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

The narrow, deep alleys often appear between two large frontage stalls.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

"I've got used to the living in here though, I still find it inconvenient and uncomfortable, especially if I want to renovate my house or buy furniture. You know, I have no choice but choose small items which could fit the small alley", Mr. Nguyen Van Tuan, a resident in Hang Duong, Old Quarter, was quoted by Soha.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

inside the narrow, long alley are not only people's house but also stores, restaurants, coffee houses.

A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)
A peek into super narrow alleys in Hanoi Old Quarter
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Although it has meagre area, the alleys like this have long been one typical feature of Hanoi.

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