Dong Xuan Market : one of the biggest markets in Hanoi



Dong Xuan Market is the largest market in Hanoi, local in Old Quarter of Hanoi, Vietnam and near New Vision Hotel. It is a busy trade center that attracted buyers from many other places .

       Dong Xuan market is located at Dong Xuan Street, at the end of Hang Dao Street, on the northern part of the Old Quarters, from the New Vision Hotel to Dong Xuan market is 0.5km. Dong Xuan Market is one of the biggest markets in Hanoi. It is a street market spreading over a surface of 600 square meters, occupying half of the street. Approximately fifty businesses are operating the forty stands selling food, artifacts, souvenirs and tour packages among others. 


Dong Xuan market
Dong Xuan Market : one of the biggest markets in Hanoi



History

         Being the biggest market and locating in the Hanoi Old Quarter, Dong Xuan Market is a crowded and bustling exchanging, tracsaction, business place of the capital. It was built in 1889, in the basis of combination and removal of two markets, Cau Dong and Bach Ma on the shore of To River. It was positioned in area of Dong Xuan Ward with 5 vault-like roofs, steel frames; each frame is 52m long, 19m high supplying area for hundreds of goods.
On the night of July 14th, 1994, a fire has brought down the whole market, causing a damage of 300 billion VND. The market you see today was recently built modeled after the architecture before the fire

Dong Xuan market in 1889
Dong Xuan market in 1889


Typical characteristics

         To local residents, Dong Xuan is mostly reserved for bulk sale and distribution points for many retailers in Hanoi. Main products include electronic devices, household equipments and clothing. At the back of the market is the trading place for animals (puppies, kitties, birds, fish, etc.) and plants (mostly Vietnamese bonsai).

Dong Xuan market


       Unlike other Hanoi night markets selling agricultural products in Long Bien and Quang Ba, Dong Xuan Market has been mainly created for tourists. With its eleven stalls, the brightly-lit food zone is the most animated, serving late night guests until early morning. There are numerous kinds of goods and products selling in the market. The crowded and dense situation of Dong Xuan Market was highly praised in many old folk song of Hanoi. This large three-story market to the north of Hanoi's Old Quarter offers a varied cornucopia of goods of all sorts. Hundreds of stalls, with thousands of workers, trade extremely fresh produce, dried foods, household goods, appliances and more. 


Dong Xuan market


         The market has an interesting history. It saw fierce fighting between Vietnamese resistance units and the French. River networks formed the economic hub of Hanoi by providing a system of waterways which fed the city and markets. Located at the confluence of the To Lich and Red Rivers, the Dong Xuan Market was once one of the busiest urban areas in Southeast Asia. You might have your curiosity and appetite titillated as you try to choose from a wide selection of exotic Hanoi dishes: fried frog or fish meat pastes, rice and duck meat soup, fried rice, tiet canh (duck blood uncooked, only if you have a brave heart and strong stomach!), rice vermicelli and beef cooked in the south Vietnamese style and even just beefsteak and bread. Here you can find real Hanoi food, as favored by true-blue Hanoians. The dishes might cost a little more than elsewhere but, you have to taste it to believe it, they are truly delicious, such as a steamy hot dish of Pho Cuon (beef wrapped in long wispy strips of rice vermicelli, served with aromatic herbs and spicy sweet-sour fish sauce). In artifact shops on Dong Xuan Street you will find traditional Dong Ho drawings, Bat Trang ceramics. Binh Da embroideries and laces, and sand paintings, the new craze of Hanoi's young people. For a modest sum, you can choose one of those 'raw' pictures with different designs and patterns.

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