Dong Ba Market

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Dong Ba Market is located in the city centre. It is located in the biggest commercial center of Thue Thien Hue province, near the eastern corner of the Citadel, in the north bank of the romantic Perfume River.

It is one of the romantic Hue’s symbols and is considered as a paradise for snapshots of daily activities as well as for shopping with everything from souvenir items to bronze goods, conical poem hats, etc. It will also be a good place for tourists to explore Hue cuisine and cultures.

Dong Ba market will make tourists curious from its name. In fact, Dong Ba is not only the name of the largest market in Hue but also of a small canal connecting the market with the busy river port of Bao Vinh, Lo Street and Thanh Ha. Moreover, Dong Ba is also the name of the first steel bridge across the Dong Ba River and Dong Ba Street.

 

Originally, the market was situated outside the Chanh Dong Gate of the Citadel in which today it is a park at the end of Phan Dang Luu Street. When the market was burnt down in the summer of 1885, King Dong Khanh got it rebuilt and named it Dong Ba in 1887. In 1889, King Thanh Thai ordered to move to the current location at the crossroads of the Perfume River and the west bank of the Dong Ba Canal. Thanks to the convenient location, the market has always been very popular up to present. In 1987, the market had greatest restoration and was enlarged into a total area of 47,614 m2 with 9 ranges of sales houses, car parking place, motorcycles, bicycles shedding station, etc.

If tourists want to buy craft products as Hue’s gifts for dearest ones and friends, Dong Ba market is a wonderful place to spend your precious time in this city. Not only being a largest-sized market in the past, Dong Ba market remains its role until now. It has always been providing "stage" for the traditional crafts in Hue, and sells to all famous things in Hue for examples, Phu Cam conical hats, Hien Luong scissors, bronze articles of the Duc guild, Phuoc Tich pottery, Bao La rattan and bamboo products, Ke Mon jewelry, Nam Thuan sweets, etc. If you come here on the occasion of the Lunar New Year, you can share the custom of the locals by buying "five-color" cakes made of bean and rice powder. When biting the cake, tourists can feel that it seems to immediately melt in the mouth, which is of uniqueness of Hue’s specialty.  

Today, people visit Dong Ba Market for two reasons: they can buy many goods and local specialties, and in their hearts it is a symbol of Hue's culture. All the most delicate material cultural traits of the city can be found here in the local traditional products, like Phu Cam conical hat, Hien Luong scissors, etc and the mentioned delicious specialties such as mussel rice, rice noodle with beef, leaf cake, shrimp spring roll, etc.   

Although a series of new market has been established in Hue City, Dong Ba remains the biggest and most significant market in both Hue and Central Vietnam. If you have a chance, come here and explore its products and lifestyles of Hue.

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