The Old Quarter is a congested, lively, and bustling series of many streets. Some streets continue to hold names of specific trades that once domminated the area, although the stores may not adhere to the naming convention anymore. Nevertheless, this is a great place to see how time stood still.
St. Joseph Cathedral opened in 1886 and looks a bit out of place in Vietnam, like the Opera House.
The area's streets are quite narrow, so riding a motorcycle seems sensible. For pedestrians, weaving through the traffic is quite a stressful experience.
Hoan Kiem Lake is a major landmark in the Old Quarter. Turtle Tower is a bit lonely on its own island in the middle of the lake.
Ngoc Son Temple is just off the coast in Hoan Kiem Lake. Among the temple dedications is one for General Tran Hung Dao, who defeated the Mongols in the 13th century.