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    Vietnam: The famous train street in Hanoi closed for security reasons

    Vietnam: The famous train street in Hanoi closed for security reasons

    Hanoi’s famous train street, one of the most popular attractions in the Vietnamese capital, is now closed to tourists for security reasons.


    Authorities have denied visitors access to the section of the railway line that crosses the city center, fearing an accident when passing trains that snake in places very close to the houses.

    Police set up barriers on Thursday to prevent the intrusion of tourists.

    Dozens of them, repressed, did not hide their disappointment.

    "I am very frustrated that I cannot go there to take a picture," Mustaza bin Mustapha, from Malaysia, told AFP.

    "People come from all over the world to Hanoi just to watch the train go by... it is such a shame," said Harriet Hayes, a British tourist.

    The numerous owners of cafes installed along the way also complain about this new regulation which should lead to a drop in their income.

    "There have never been any regrettable accidents here," said Le Tuan Anh, owner of one of the cafes. "Compared to the density of traffic in other parts of the city, this is much safer."

    Long occupied by drug addicts and squatters, the rue du train has for a few years been very popular with tourists who post many photos of the place on social networks.

    The railway line that crosses downtown Hanoi was built by French settlers in the 1930s. It is part of the Transindochinese route connecting the south of the country to the north.

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