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Hanoi Starts Revoking Operating Licenses of Cafes on 'Train Street' This Week

Hanoi is shutting down its infamous "Train Street" starting this weekend.

According to VnExpress, the Hoàn Kiếm District People’s Committee announced the decision this past Wednesday. The district authorities said they would revoke all business licenses of shops along the street within three days. Barriers will also be put up at level crossing to dissuade visitors.

The decision came a couple of days after the Vietnam Railway Corporation urged city officials to take decisive actions against all commercial and recreational activities along the rail line. 

The Train Street is one of the most popular tourist spots in the city. People, from tourists to young Hanoians, gather here to experience the thrill of sipping coffee or taking selfies centimeters away from a passing train.

The street was once shut down in 2019. Shops were allowed to operate again in 2021, and since Vietnam reopened to international tourists earlier this year, business has been booming.

About the move to close the street, experts are voicing opposite opinions. Some said it is simply too dangerous to keep the street open, while others pointed out that there could be laws and regulations to ensure safety while preserving an unique aspect of the city.

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