Show Off Your Ao Dai in Hanoi: An Updated Guide

Famous for its ancient and poetic beauty, Hanoi's Old Quarter is always an endless inspiration for people to take photos with Ao dai, especially during Tet.
January 14, 2023 | 13:32

As Tet nears, the streets of Hanoi are buzzing with excitement. Tourists will always see Vietnamese women of all ages walking around taking pictures in traditional ao dai. Here are the 4 most ideal places to take photos with Ao Dai in Hanoi during Tet.

Phan Huy Ich Street

Located between Nguyen Truong To and Quan Thanh streets, Phan Huy Ich is famous for being a street that still retains its old features, interwoven with modern architecture.

This street is mostly filled with people's houses and small shops, especially old houses with characteristic yellow paint and classic wooden windows. Early morning or late afternoon when the sun shines on the street corners is the ideal time for visitors to take pictures.

Show Off Your Ao Dai in Hanoi: An Updated Guide
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Dong Xuan market

As the largest and busiest market located in the center of Hanoi, Dong Xuan market has always been a symbol of the city's nostalgia and rustic beauty.

Not only a famous fashion check-in place, but this market is also a place to take pictures with beautiful Ao Dai every Tet holiday. This is because the Dong Xuan market possesses idyllic features such as hawker stalls and market stalls from the previous decade.

Near Tet, the market is also more crowded than usual. People can take pictures in the early morning, mid-afternoon, or near the end of the afternoon to avoid affecting the stalls and traffic around the market.

Show Off Your Ao Dai in Hanoi: An Updated Guide
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Cat Linh - Ha Dong metro station

This metro station will start operating in the last months of 2021. All 12 stops of Cat Linh - Ha Dong metro station have become new check-in places for young people in Hanoi.

The metro station is built according to the famous metro models in the world, with the stairway to the station lobby that attracts the most people to stop and take pictures, and the brick walls of different colors at each station.

Different from ancient tourist destinations, this metro station has a modern beauty and is also popular as a place to take photos with ao dai. The walls have openings to let sunlight in. Visitors should take photos in the early morning or early afternoon to take advantage of the colored blocks on the floor and walls created by the sun.

Show Off Your Ao Dai in Hanoi: An Updated Guide
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Vietnam Art Museum

Located on a corner of Nguyen Thai Hoc street, Hanoi Arts Museum stands out thanks to its large campus and peaceful beauty in the midst of the urban bustle.

This museum has a garden, a basement and 3 floors of art exhibitions. The museum is imbued with ancient French architecture with long corridors, black wooden stairs, and slanting windows.

However, the staff on the premises inside the antique display and exhibition areas do not allow visitors to film or take photos. They can wear ao dai and take pictures outside the yard with yellow walls, or between the corridors. On weekends and near Tet, the inside of the museum is always crowded, visitors can come early in the morning to avoid queuing.

Show Off Your Ao Dai in Hanoi: An Updated Guide
Photo: Zingnews.vn
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