Timings : 7:00 AM - 6:00 PM
Entry Fee : No entry fee
Dong Xuan Market is Hanoi's oldest market located in the old quarter and stands tall over three storeys. A typical South-east Asian market, the ground floor is reserved for selling fresh seafood, vegetables and flowers. The upper floors contain all the other items like clothes, handicrafts, handbags, souvenirs, accessories and electronics - all sold at wholesale prices.
Dong Xuan Market is situated at a place where the Hoan Kiem Lake lies to the south of the market while the Hang Khoai and Cau Dong street surround it. It was built by the French in the 19th century and has survived several renovations including the one after the 1994 fire.
Although mostly thronged by locals, it's an interesting place for tourists to explore the colourful life of Hanoi. In the daytime, the market sells a wide variety of products like household goods, clothes, food electronics and others while in the night time, the streets are alive with flea markets, music and young backpackers sipping on Bia Hoi.
If you have a few spare days to spend in Vietnam and want to immerse yourself in the Vietnamese culture, a visit to Dong Xuan market is ideal. Not only will it open you to a slice of the local life and help you meet some interesting people, but also you may get a few good gifts to bring back home as souvenirs for very less bucks.
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