Hang Da Market Hanoi is a historical witness throughout many changing events from the prosperous phase of trade to the era struggling against French colonists, U.S army.
Along with Dong Xuan market, Cau Dong and Bac Qua, Hang Da market is a significant place, evoking meaningful memories about unique traditional culture, and subsidizing era in Vietnam
Before, Hang Da market was just a small, village-type place, where people gathered to sell and buy stuff. Products were mainly hide and leather of buffaloes and cows. That’s why the name “Hang Da” was born, which means “selling leather”.
Inside, there were some provisional tents, so some troupes and traveling circuses hired them to perform in the evening.
Until 1937-1938, people started constructing the market. In 1942, when Japanese troops stationed in Hanoi, planes of U.S army bombarded, unfortunately right to Hang Da market. Many people passed away and injured in this event.
Nowadays, Hang Da market in Hanoi has 3 floors, modern and convenient. Products are various and diversified in materials, models, designs…
Hang Da is one of 36 ancient streets in Hanoi in the last millennium. In Nguyen Dynasty, some small traders brought hide and leather to the street to sell, formed a market named as Hang Da, too.
At 40 Hang Da street, there is a temple named Tam Thanh (or Vu Du communal house), where some fortune tellers came here and predicted for locals and tourists. Therefore, the street also had a folk name “Thay Boi”, which means “fortune teller”.
In the first stage of the 20th century, French administration named the street as Rue des Cuirs, translated from the word Hang Da. At that time, there was not any shop selling hide and leather.
Rue des Cuirs in French Colonial era
At the end of the 20th century, a bunch of leatherette products appeared on the street. Many shops concurrently produced and sold them, with a wide variety of products: cushions, mattresses, handbags, suitcases…
Other popular products are the ones made from tires of broken cars, especially the durable and cheap rubber slipper.
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Hang Da market Hanoi is spaciously built with 3 main areas on each floor:
This place sells foods from vegetables, fruits to meat and fishes. Types of meat and fishes are only fresh in the morning when they have just transported. That’s why the market is comparatively crowded at that time.
A wide variety of vegetables and fruits here (watermelon, apple, pear…) are quite fresh.
The most special item in the market is packaging products. Anyone who is a connoisseur in shopping, already knew this is a central market in selling this type of products. In comparison with other markets, this place is more favorable with nice design and various products.
The first floor:
The main goods sold here are beverage (beer, wine…) and confectionary (candy, biscuit,…)
The hall on the 1st floor is quite large, so events are often held here, drawing the attention of people around.
The second floor:
This is the area selling high-grade goods, ranging from branded clothes to high-fashioned accessories (glasses, wallet, watch, handbag,…). The twinkle and sparkle of shops will catch your attention in the beginning, but price may be expensive as well.
Traditional Vietnamese dress:
The dress symbolizing for Vietnam, Ao Dai, can be bought in the basement. With sophisticated embroidery and skillfully weaving made from real silk, Ao Dai in Hang Da market will never let you down.
You can find some of the most fitted clothes for yourself with the cheapest price ever. Even some stylish and modish items from famous brand names are waiting for you to get somewhere in this small market.
If you feel a little bit tired after a long walk, just stop for a short while and go into food stalls on the 1st floor. Some freshly cooked Vietnamese snacks will satisfy your appetite with the explosion in taste.
If you want to find material for your painting, or just buy paper items like souvenirs, drop in some stalls in the basement. Notebooks, paintings, cards, they all are a good purchase.
If kids go along with you, they will have much fun time with many indoor games.
Also, you can see the birds in the corner of the market (between Hang Da and Hang Dieu Street). There is a large shop lined with bamboo cages filled with extraneous birds.