Dong Xuan Market – one of the biggest local markets in Hanoi is worth a visit, especially for those who have passion for exploring the locals’ every life as well as Vietnam’s culture and tradition. Spend a day trip in Hanoi and wander around the market for shopping is best experience.
Dong Xuan Market is a building where merchants and local people exchange goods and services. Built in 1880 by the French, Dong Xuan Market can be said to be the largest market in Hanoi. However, in 1994, it was entirely destroyed by a fire, which caused heavy damage to the market. Luckily, it was quickly rebuilt. The market is really easy to reach. From Hoan Kiem Lake, it takes you approximately 5 minutes to walk to the market.
What does Dong Xuan Market offers?
There are tons of things that you can find in Dong Xuan market. Normally, this is the place where people often buy in bulk or distribute a large quantity to stores. However, sellers still offers single thing if customers want.
Major products that the market provides include reasonable clothing, consumer goods, traditional handicrafts, souvenirs or even electronic devices and essential household equipment. In addition, Dong Xuan Market is also a trading animal and plant market where people sell and buy such animals as puppies, birds, and fish and so on.
A day hanging out around the market will become much more enjoyable when letting yourself indulge in mouth-watering street food in the market. Do not forget to grab a delicious portion of Bun Cha or Pho – two most popular and amazing dishes of the locals.
Actually, Dong Xuan Market today has become the commercial and business hub for merchants in the region and other places of the country. Especially, it is amongst the best places selling cheap products, so do not hesitate to buy some souvenirs for your friends and families.
How to get there?
Located at the west end of the Hanoi Old Quarter, the market locates it the intersection of Hoang Khoai Street and Cau Dong Street. From Hoan Kiem Lake, you can go along Hang Ngang Street and head to Dong Xuan Market.
Note: In Vietnam, especially in Hanoi Old Quarter, the traffic is crowded and for some people, it is such a terrible experience to cross the street, so check out how to cross the street in Vietnam to be more confident with Vietnam’s traffic. Similarly, it is necessary to have some tips on haggling when you want to buy anything in the market, here is the art of bargaining in Vietnam to help you decide perfectly before paying.