Buoi Market prepares to welcome Lunar New Year

The oldest market The market was established in Yen Thai Village on the southwestern bank of Hanoi’s West Lake at the end of the 19th century and early 20th century. The market was held on days considered auspicious – the 4th, 9th, 14th, 19th, 24th and 29th days of every lunar month – along Hoang Hoa Tham Street. Farmers from the neighboring areas of Tay Tuu, Co Nhue, Xuan La and Xuan Dinh would bring their seedlings, seeds and agricultural tools, while people from Nhat Tan, Quang An and Quang Ba on the opposite side of West Lake brought their ornamental plants and flowers to the market for sale. Before Tet, the market was particularly beautiful and noisy, with a wide variety of flowers, ornamental plants, pets such as dogs, cats, chickens and birds on offer. Today, the Buoi Market building on one end of Hoang Hoa Tham Street is owned by the Hanoi Trading Corporation. Traditional market days are still held there and people can sell and buy saplings and particularly pets. On auspicious days, the number of seedlings is tenfold that of regular days, including rose, lily, climbing rose, jasmine, hibiscus, and fruit trees such as Xuan Dinh sapodilla, Canh orange, Dien grapefruit or even shade trees. Hanoi storeowners often go to the market to buy products to resell in their shops. Candy made in Lu Village is a popular item. Children of all ages enjoy the tasty keo bot (flour candy), keo vung (sesame candy), keo lac… [Read full story]

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