While in Hanoi, we cannot help but notice the “thin” houses dotting both sides of the road. We were so amused by this, we asked our guide why this is so.
Our guide explained that when the country’s economy started picking up, many people started migrating to the city, which resulted in the cost of land to go up. He continued that after sometime, the price of land becomes so high that people could not buy “normal” cuts anymore. This resulted in irregular cuts, which on the average is about 3 meters x 10 meters. He said that this resulted in very narrow houses, the kind we’re seeing nowadays.
Hanoi’s “thin” houses (as we like to call them) are both amusing and interesting sights to behold. The structure and design of these houses give outsiders like us a glimpse of how Hanoi’s people cope with the complexities of life. And of course, aside from motor bikes, this kind of added to the uniqueness and interestingness of this vibrant and lovable city.
teachers for most of the last 15 years... into educational technology, e-learning and quality assurance. builds scale models of cars and robots, and experiments in photography in spare time. loves to travel and explore new places with family.
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