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Hanoi to open new walking area around iconic lake

Friday, August 26, 2016, 11:33 GMT+7

The Hanoi administration is poised to turn the area surrounding the iconic Hoan Kiem Lake into a pedestrian area starting next month.

The new walking area is expected to open to pedestrians on September 1, according to local newswire VnExpress.

The pedestrian area is slated to open from 7:00 pm to midnight from Friday to Sunday, according to the capital city’s administration.

Also from September 1, free Wi-Fi access is also available in areas surrounding the Hoan Kiem Lake, according to the Hanoi Department of Information and Communications.

The municipal Department of Transport has dispatched functional units to supervise and control traffic flow, according to VnExpress

The city will adjust certain bus routes to accommodate the plan.

Hanoi also plans to open 78 parking lots spanning, 17,000 square meters that can accommodate 87 passenger buses, 600 cars, and over 2,700 bikes and motorbikes at full capacity.

Currently, Hanoi operates several pedestrian zones in its famous Old Quarter, including Hang Buom, Ma May, Hang Giay, Luong Ngoc Quyen, Ta Hien, Dao Duy Tu, Hang Dao, Hang Duong, and Dong Xuan.

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