Dong Xuan market
is not only a big traditional shopping center of the ancient capital city but also a cultural symbol of old town associated with the historical part of Hanoi
It is located in Dong Xuan Street, at the end of Hang Dao Street, on the northern part of the Old Quarters in Hoan Kiem district.The market was established in 1889 in Dong Xuan old ward. Initially, it was an outdoor market, after that it was built with five frames of iron and zinc roofing sheets. Each plot was 52m long (1.56 ft) and 19m high (57 ft). Dong Xuan market today is rebuilt on a larger scale, including modern 3-storeys and more space, but still keeping a part of the old architecture. It is a street market spread over a surface of 600 square meters, occupying half of the street.
Dong Xuan market today and in 1920s- 30s
Dong Xuan market today has larger scale
Located near Long Bien bridge terminal on Red River, Dong Xuan Market is a convenient place to converge and exchange goods around Hanoi and neighboring regions. The goods in Dong Xuan are extremely rich and diverse. Main products include electronic devices, household equipment, clothing and souvenirs such as fabrics, handbags, handicrafts, T- shirts, agricultural stuff and food... At the back of the market is the trading place for animals (puppies, kitties, birds, fish, etc.) and plants (mostly Vietnamese bonsai and fresh flowers).
Tourists enjoy the food at the market.
In the daytime, it is still a route for transportation and tourism, where Hanoi locals and tourists can go into the center of the old quarter. However, at night all of the vehicles and means of transportation are prohibited from going in, as it is permitted only for walking and sales.
The night market is not open everyday of the week, it is only held on Friday, Saturday and Sunday, from 6pm to 11pm. On Saturday night, there are interesting activities; with music performances and folk arts of Hanoi like cheo, quan ho, ca tru, hat xam singing, lion dance... in Dong Kinh Nghia Thuc Square near Hoan Kiem Lake
Dong Xuan night market
Beautiful souvenir at Dong Xuan night market
Dong Xuan night market is always attractive to tourists
Salted dry fruits in Dong Xuan night market
With the advantage of having a long history of culture, traditions and being located within the community of the ancient quarter of Hanoi, Dong Xuan Market is one of the most attractive tourist destinations of the capital.