Decrepit ‘floating restaurants’ in West Lake being demolished

Update: November, 19/2021 - 10:00



Local residents called the area a 'ship graveyard'. — VNA/VNS Photo


HÀ NỘI — A series of modified boats, once used as popular ‘floating’ restaurants and cafes on Hồ Tây (West Lake) in Hà Nội, are being disposed of after years of laying exposed to the elements following a ban by the capital city.

Hà Nội’s authorities issued the ban on 'floating restaurants' along with all commercial aqua-cultural activities in the lake in 2016, citing pollution to the environment as the restaurants reportedly usually dumped their waste right into the lake. 

The Đầm Bảy area near Nhật Chiêu Street (Nhật Tân Ward) quickly became the ‘docking’ site of those now outlawed ships.

Local residents have for years complained about the disagreeable state of the broken-down, rusty ships that have marred their view of the lake. — VNS


Workers cut off various parts of the boats to move on land. — VNA/VNS Photo


Many parts of the boats that are lying under the water could take longer to retrieve, take apart and destroy. — VNA/VNS Photo 


Unusable items left from the ships are burnt — VNA/VNS Photo