Trinh Cong Son walking street nearby Westlake Tay Ho Hotel
Trinh Cong Son walking street runs from Alley 612 off Lac Long Quan street to the Au Co T-junction. The street, named after Trinh Cong Son, one of Vietnam’s greatest songwriters, is designed to be a venue of art displays, performances of traditional and contemporary art genres, and folk games.
Trinh Cong Son – the poetic small street on the bank of West Lake became the second pedestrian street in Hanoi as of May 2018. The beautiful 900-meter-long street is surrounded by a lotus pond, a part of the romantic lake and numerous lush green trees.
Trinh Cong Son street, sometimes blandly referred to as Walking Street 2, is tucked away in the top corner of the city, near the north-west edge of the West Lake, next to the water park. Nonetheless, this tranquil spot offers a more peaceful stroll than the more famous and hectic Walking Street 1 beside Hoan Kiem Lake.
This street was named after a revered Vietnamese musician Trinh Cong Son (1939-2001), often referred to as Vietnam’s Bob Dylan. He was a renowned songwriter, painter, poet and downright romantic – everybody here loves his love songs, and he is particularly noted for writing anti-war songs during the American invasion. Much of his work was famously censored.
The street is probably one of the prettiest corners of Hanoi. At weekends much of the area is often closed to traffic, fountains are lit up and pavements fill with quaint bars and cafes. Small tree-lined ponds, decorated by an array of well-maintained hanging baskets give this area a distinctly European feel – or at least a small taste of serenity in comparison to frenetic downtown Hanoi.