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Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s

September 17, 2020 | 07:36

Have you ever wondered how life in the past century was? Here's a rare photo collection of the capital of the now vibrant, luxuriant Hanoi looked like in the 1970s, 1980s.

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Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

Invaluable photos of the outside area enveloping the iconic Temple of Literature in the 70s and 80s of the 20th century bring a sense of reminiscence to people from all walks of life. The wall bordering the Temple of Literature as seen in the photo looks quite the same as it is today, according to Thoi Xua.

Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

The legendary Trang Tien street corner was and will be the ideal dating place for young couples, no matter it’s decades ago or at present times.

Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

Roadside bicycle repair shops were ubiquitous at that time. Back in the 1970s, one could easily catch sight of bicycle repairers along Hai Ba Trung Street.

Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

The 2020 Ngo Quyen street is vibrant and frequented with lines of people and vehicles, but back in the 1970s, it’s bicycles that “roamed” the streets. Cars were rarely spotted. Local people would sit on the sidewalk while having a chinwag or doing trade without any nuisance.

Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

As traffic volume was light with not many motorbikes and cars, people’s lifestyle was way simpler than today, Vietnamese parents allowed their children to play with their neighbors on the streets with a peace of mind.

Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

The tinkling sound of the train coming must have been the “childhood sound” of many 50-year-olds or 60-year-old now.

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(Photo: Thoi Xua)

Kim Ma bus station was already crowded, pretty much the same as it is today. The only difference was, most of the commuters traveled on foot, cyclos, or bull carts instead of riding on motorbikes or cars.

Hang Giay – Hang Dau intersection looked more deserted and peaceful than it is in 2020. Familiar images of Hanoi streets in the 1970s.

Return tickets to the past with photos of Hanoi in the 1970s
(Photo: Thoi Xua)

Nguyen Khac Can market, located within walking distance with the iconic Hoan Kiem lake looked like a rural market.

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