Market in Ha Noi

Quang Ba Flower Market, Hanoi

The Quang Ba wholesale flower market, the biggest in Hanoi, turns busy when night falls. Visiting the market is always an interesting experience.
The Quang Ba flower market supplies fresh flowers for Hanoi and adjacent provinces. It used to be a makeshift market at Nhat Tan junction, where flower growers from the flower villages of Nhat Tan and Quang An and other communes in Tu Liem district came to sell their flowers.
The Quang Ba flower market has 2 sessions: one from 2AM to 4 AM for wholesalers and another from 4AM to midday for retailers. Flowers are gathered from Hanoi’s outer districts and from as far away as Da Lat in Vietnam’s central highlands.
For many people, staying awake and wandering around the flower market is a good way to enjoy life at night. The masses of colorful flowers on trucks and sales tables recall a familiar rural market session.
The market has become a popular destination for foreign tourists. Anni Bell Miller from the UK said, “It’s the first time I came here. It’s very beautiful. A lot of flowers everywhere. It’s the first time I saw it. Amazing!”
The higher the sun rises the less crowded the market becomes as the flower vendors fan out to different parts of Hanoi and make the city more beautiful and colorful.

Dong Xuan Street, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi, Vietnam

Đồng Xuân Market (Vietnamese: Chợ Đồng Xuân; chữ Nôm: 𢄂同春; English: Springfield Market) is a market in the center district Hoàn Kiếm of Hanoi, Vietnam. Originally built by the French administration in 1889, Đồng Xuân Market has been renovated several times with the latest in 1994 after a fire which almost destroyed the market. Nowadays, Đồng Xuân Market is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes, household goods to foodstuffs.

At the end of 19th century, the Old Quarter of Hanoi had two main marketplaces, one at Hang Duong street and the other at Hang Ma street. In 1889, these two markets were closed and replaced by the original Đồng Xuân Market which was built by the order of the French administration in 1889 as one of the principal new architectures of Hanoi, together with Long Biên Bridge which was located nearby and completed in 1902 The market was located at the Hanoi’s Old Quarter which was only 600 m north of Hoàn Kiếm Lake. The covered area of the market was about 6.500 m² with a large roof of corrugated galvanised iron supplied by the French contractor Poinsard Veyret. The most recognizable feature of the market was the 5-arch entrance corresponding to Dong Xuan Market’s five domes, each dome was measured 19 m in height and 25 m in width. When the First Indochina War broke out in Hanoi in early 1947, a fierce struggle between Việt Minh and French forces took place in the area of the market on February 14. To commemorate the event, a memorial was erected near the principal gate of the market in 2005.

In 1994, the market was nearly destroyed by a disastrous fire which claimed the lost of about 4.5 million USD worth of stock.After the fire, Dong Xuan Market was rebuilt in the original form and it is still the largest covered market of Hanoi. The ward to which the market belongs is also named Đồng Xuân (phường Đồng Xuân), this is one of the busiest commercial place of Hanoi with about a half of the total number of households has trading activities.

Hanoi Old Quarter

The Old Quarter is the cultural heart of Hanoi, where the pulse of life has been beating for nearly 2,000 years. Daily routine starts early and builds to a friendly bustle, while streets have distinct character and are named after the crafts once made there: silver, ladder, silk, paper.

St Joseph’s Cathedral rings for mass regularly throughout the day, and travelers can follow the sound of the bells to check out its Neo-Gothic style. Huyen Thien Pagoda is another of the many temples peppered around this part of town, and the Old City Gate is one of four original entrances to the heart of the Royal City. It has survived over a thousand years. Take time to sample the spirit, atmosphere and shopping on offer here; nothing says Hanoi like its Old Quarter.

The following is a translation of just some of the streets and the trades that were practiced in the Old Quarter. Some of the streets below still sell or produce the same items; others have evolved to more modern goods, but the clumps-of-industry principle remains. Look for the following:

Street Name Translations of Old Quarter Trades

Hang Bac silver

Hang Be rattan rafts

Hang Bo baskets

Hang Bong cotton

Hang Buom sails

Hang Ca fish

Hang Can scales

Hang Cot bamboo mats

Hang Da leather

Hang Dao silk

Hang Dau beans

Hang Dieu bongs and pipes

Hang Dong brass

Hang Duong sugar

Hang Ga chicken

Hang Gai hemp and rope

Hang Giay paper

Hang Hom coffins

Hang Khoai sweet potatoes

Hang Luoc combs

Hang Ma paper replicas/toys

Hang Mam fish

Hang Manh bamboo shades

Hang Muoi salt

Hang Non conical hats

Hang Quat fans

Hang Than charcoal

Hang Thiec tin

Hang Thung barrels

Hang Tre bamboo

Hang Trong drums

Hang Vai cloth

Hanoi Old Quarter is a triangular area of approximately 36 streets centered next to Lake Ho Hoan Kiem. Areas by the lake itself are more touristy and expensive, head into its heart to find true local gems. The Old Quarter gets very busy on weekends, so why not do as the locals do and start early to avoid peak crowds?