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The first Bus Rapid Transit (BRT) route started to open since 29th December morning in Hanoi. The aim of this project is to decrease traffic jam in the rush hour, which is a hard problem in Hanoi and some famous cities in the world as well.

New Bus Rapid Transit

There are more than 20 buses using their own separate bus lane and 21 stops located on the median strips on the streets within the route. Each bus has the capacity of 90 passengers.

bus rapid transit in ha noi Bus Rapid Transit Route

Bus Rapid Transit Route – one solution for Vietnamese traffic

With the route from Kim Ma Bus Station in Ba Dinh District, Hanoi to Yen Nghia Station in Ha Dong District, the 14.7-kilometer route runs through few busy streets such as Ba La, Tran Phu, Le Trong Tan, Le Van Luong,  Lang Ha and Giang Vo Streets. It is expected to take only 30 minutes to go from Kim Ma to Yen Nghia.

Bus Rapid Transit can not go rapidly in the rush hour

In fact, a lot of cars run in the bus lane without being stopped, meanwhile, the BRT buses sometimes have to left their lane. Therefore, a lot of people are doubts whether BRT buses can be faster than normal buses or not because of the narrow streets and awareness when in traffic of Vietnamese people.

New Fine Announced

The biggest difficulty plan for this problem is having suitable separate lanes for BRT in case the streets here are too narrow. In order to deal with this situation, the authority of Han has announced the fine to vehicles which runs on the BRT lanes. The fine may range from USD38 to USD57 if the vehicles are caught going into the bus lane on the Bus Rapid Transit corridor.

Bus Rapid Transit Route

Bus Rapid Transit Route

A rapid bus route is only one small of the popular measure to decline traffic jams, but it cannot help the city to deal with major congestion particularly in the rush hours. Therefore, local authorities must do a far better job at city planning and set aside more lanes for transport infrastructure.

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During your supposed time in Hanoi, it will be interesting if you have chances to visit the beautiful Tran Quoc Pagoda which is the oldest one among others in Hanoi. This place is considered as one of Vietnam popular destinations.

Tran quoc pagoda in the past

Tran Quoc Pagoda In The Past


Tran QuocPagoda is located beside the dazzling West Lake, on Thanh Nien Road. Individually, it is seated on an island linked by a bridge to the causeway between the 2 most romantic lakes of Hanoi: Truc Bach Lake and West Lake.


The construction of Tran Quoc Pagoda started in 541 and was completed in 545 under the reign of King Ly Nam De under its original name of Khai Quoc which means National Founder in Vietnam. It was originally built on the bank of the Red River.

Until the early seventeenth century, under the reign of King Le Kinh Tong, this famous pagoda was moved to the Kim Ngu Islet due to the river bank crumbling and it was renamed Tran Quoc (National Defence).

A cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism

Tran Quoc Pagoda is considered to be a cultural symbol of Vietnamese Buddhism partly for it is the oldest pagoda and situated in the center of the capital of Vietnam. Unlike other ordinary pagodas, it was built in a very intricate way. Behind the worshipping shrine is the Buddhist trinity followed by corridors, the belfry and ten shrines. Inside the pagoda, there are a plenty of valuable statues, such as the red lac statue trimmed with the gold of Sakyamouni Buddha’s Parinirvana and lots of ancient stelae, one of which was made in 1639 by Doctoral Lau- Nguyen Xuan Chinh, recording the Pagoda’s history.

inside tran quoc pagoda

Inside Tran Quoc Pagoda

People who have visited this significant pagoda of Hanoi always take interest in its special and intricate style of architecture centuries ago.

A nice tranquil backdrop

The island and Tran Quoc pagoda provide a beautiful backdrop for the West Lake and Hanoi – the capital of Vietnam as well, individually at sunset. Standing at one end of Thanh Nien Road, you can see the towers of the pagoda rising above the lake’s surface. In the pagoda’s garden, there is a Bodhi tree standing, which is attached to a past story. The story tells that in 1959, on Indian Prime Minister RazendiaPrasat’s visit to Vietnam, he offered the Tran Quoc Pagoda a Bodhi tree as a gift. This plant was grafted from the holy Bodhi tree where Sakyamuni sat in meditation position and achieved enlightenment in India 25 centuries ago. Nowadays, the Bodhi tree is easily recognizable from its heart with its shaped leaves, taken from a cutting of its original tree. The tree has still been and luxuriant and it is shading over part of the pagoda’s yard.

tran quoc pagoda

Tran Quoc Pagoda

These days, Tran Quoc Pagoda which is a religious relic with spectacular surrounding scenery is a favorite stop-over of numerous foreign visitors and pilgrims. You should remember that the pagoda is open daily and visitors who go there must be decently attired and long trousers are required for men. It is commonly restricted to any religious Vietnamese popular destinations. Hope you have a fantastic tour in Vietnam particularly in Tran Quoc Pagoda.

Free Walking tour hanoi

Hanoi would not be Hanoi without its Old Quarter which is a maze of streets dating back to the thirteenth century, its present-day chaos are just a different version of the old ones, when specialized trade guilds were responsible for individual street. The Old Quarter is crazy, busy and crowded; you’ll be jostled by passing cyclos, motorbikes, and hawkers with shoulder-poles hanging pendulous burdens of local products. Hanoi Old Quarter is one of the most famous places in the world that grows on you the more you experience it.

As a tree sprouting from the cool waters of Hoan Kiem Lake, the streets of Hanoi Old Quarter are like chaotic branches and tendrils as they fan out in jagged patterns across the area north of Hanoi’s famous lake. Limited on one side by the Red River and on the other side by the once-great Hanoi Citadel, the Old Quarter is, as the name denotes, the oldest area and has been an important economic center for a long time. In its earliest inceptions, Hanoi Old Quarter was accessed by a series of canals on its northeast edge which lead to regional waterways. The western part of the Old Quarter was developed in the beginning nineteenth century when the completion of the Hanoi Citadel left open areas that were settled by outlying villages and tradespeople. There is the city’s largest market here, call Dong Xuan, and it welcomes a lot of foreign visitors to the city with its maze of streets, multitude of services, great hotels and restaurant “finds.” Getting lost in the maze maybe one of the biggest joys when you come to visit Hanoi.

The must-see street of hanoi old quarter

If you have time to explore the Old Town, you should keep an eye out for the classic Old Quarter tube houses such as at 87 Ma May St. or at 38 Hang Dao (directly north of the lake). A tube house is just a long, narrow tube of space that is subdivided into sections that served the family’s every need. Why are tube houses  so narrow? In fact, why do Vietnamese still build so narrow and high houses? Properties were taxed on the basis of their street frontage, and real estate has always been expensive in Hanoi Old Quarter. Tube houses are divided into sections. The front is the business office, where a lot of goods are displayed and where business is conducted. In a succession of courtyards and interior spaces, there are two stories. There are areas set aside for gardening and for servants, and, at the back, private family quarters with the kitchen and the loo. You may spot traditional homes by their low tile roofs parallel to the street. The more time you spend in the Old Quarter, the more adept you will get at finding the old among the new.

The Hanoi Old Quarter evolved from workshop villages which were organized by trades, or guilds, and even today, streets are called as the name of products or trade. Some streets still offer the services of old such as Hang Thiec Street, or Tinsmith Street, is still the place for people to buy tin receptacles and for sheet-metal work. However, others have changed: Hang Vai, or Cloth Street, is now home to the bamboo trade, and a lot of old streets support new trades. You will not find anything named “Cheap Plastic Toys Imported from China Street” or “Motorcycle Seat Repair Street”, but they do exist. It’s a fascinating slice of very old life in Hanoi, including markets that are so crowded and narrow to a few feet.

Hanoi’s Old Quarter is also where the seeds of Communist revolution were sown which started in 1907 with the Tonkin Free School Movement, a program of study at a school in Hanoi Old Quarter, just north of Hoan Kiem Lake, which focused on Vietnamese traditions instead of the de rigueur French curriculum. The school was closed down by French officials, but the patriotic zeal which founded it would never die.