The Tay Ho Times is your lifestyle journal and guide to all things happening in and around Hanoi. We work closely with organizations and individuals to select the best workshops, events, products and surprises Hanoi has to offer in order to bring about social integration for all, which is the heart of our values.
The Tay Ho Times was established in 2016 to promote relationships between community businesses, locals and expats. We believe in sharing community created knowledge and tips about food & beverage, events, services, charities, arts & culture and clubs & societies here in the heart of Hanoi.
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Tay Ho District is known for housing Hanoi’s largest freshwater lake, called West Lake. Westlake has a circumference of 17km – and there are plenty of historic places of interest, five-star hotels, stylish restaurants, cafes, and nightlife venues that are worth exploring. The three main avenues in the district: Lạc Long Quân, Au Cơ, and An Dương Vương were names of leaders of early Vietnamese civilization. The smaller streets in the district are named after renowned Vietnamese poets, artists and music composers, such as Xuân Diệu, Tô Ngọc Vân, Trịnh Công Sơn, Nguyễn Đình Thi and Đặng Thai Mai.
Did you know?
Hanoi means ‘inside rivers’. Hanoi was previously named Thang Long - which means ‘Rising Dragon’ named by King Ly Tha To. Under the reign of Emperor The Duc, the name was changed to ‘Hanoi’. Built on the banks of the Red River and the Nhue River the name refers to being built between the two. Some locals also refer to Hanoi as the city of lakes, which include popular lakes such as Ho Hoan Kiem (Lake of the Returned Sword), Ho Tay (Westlake), Ho Truc Bach (where United States politician John McCain landed during the Vietnam War), Ho Bay Mau (Seven-Hectare Lake) among others.
Houses are narrow due to property tax. During the French occupation in the 19th century, houses were taxed based on the width of the buildings, thi wider the house, the more tax had to be paid to the government. Locals thus built their houses as tall and as narrow as possible to avoid high property tax.
Vietnam holds a Guinness World Record. Vietnam holds the record for the longest mosaic wall in the world, which stretches nearly 4km (unbroken) in length (record) and has a total span of approximately 7km. The wall reflects Vietnamese culture and history and was created with the help of over 600 people, including famous local and international artists as well as children. The project was introduced by Nguyen Thu Thuy in 2007 and was completed in 2010 in celebration of Hanoi’s millennial (1000th) anniversary. All tiles were made in Bat Trang Village just outside of the city.