Chợ Đồng Xuân

( Đồng Xuân Market )

Đồng Xuân Market (Vietnamese: Chợ Đồng Xuân; chữ Nôm: ???? 同春) is a market in the center district Hoàn Kiếm of Hanoi, Vietnam. Originally built by the French administration in 1889, Đồng Xuân Market has been renovated several times with the latest being in 1994 after a fire that almost destroyed the market. Nowadays, Đồng Xuân Market is the largest covered market of Hanoi where the wholesale traders sell everything from clothes and household goods to foodstuffs.

 Đồng Xuân Market in an old French postcard

At the end of the 19th century, the Old Quarter of Hanoi had two main marketplaces, one at Hang Duong Street and the other at Hang Ma Street.[1] In 1889, these two markets were closed and replaced by the original Đồng Xuân Market which was built by the order of the French administration in 1889 as one of the principal new architectures of Hanoi, together with Long Biên Bridge which was located nearby and completed in 1902.[2] The market was constructed in Hanoi's Old Quarter, only 600 m north of Hoàn Kiếm Lake.[3] The covered area of the market was about 6.500 m² with a large roof of corrugated galvanized iron supplied by the French contractor Poinsard Veyret.[4] The most recognizable feature of the market was the 5-arch entrance corresponding to Dong Xuan Market's five domes, each dome was measured 19 m in height and 25 m in width.[4] When the First Indochina War broke out in Hanoi in early 1947, a fierce struggle between Việt Minh and French forces took place in the area of the market on February 14.[5] To commemorate the event, a memorial was erected near the principal gate of the market in 2005.[6]

In 1994, the market was nearly destroyed by a disastrous fire that claimed the loss of about 4.5 million USD worth of stock.[7] After the fire, Dong Xuan Market was partially rebuilt in the original form and it is still the largest covered market of Hanoi.[2][8] The ward to which the market belongs is also named Đồng Xuân (phường Đồng Xuân), this is one of the busiest commercial places in Hanoi with about half of the total number of households has trading activities.[9]

^ "Dong Xuan Market past and present". Vietnamnet.vn. 2009-01-28. ^ a b Jan Dodd, Mark Lewis (2003). Rough guide to Vietnam. Rough Guides. p. 373. ISBN 1-84353-095-3. ^ Williams, China (2008). Southeast Asia on a shoestring. Lonely Planet. p. 836. ISBN 978-1-74104-726-4. ^ a b "Lịch sử phát triển" (in Vietnamese). Dong Xuan Market's official website. ^ Logan, William Stewart (2000). Hanoi: biography of a city. UNSW Press. p. 135. ISBN 0-86840-443-8. ^ Phan Anh (2009-07-17). "Le marché Dông Xuân et ses valeurs culturelles". Le Courrier du Vietnam (in French). ^ Boobbyer, Claire (2008). Footprint Vietnam. Footprint Travel Guides. p. 63. ISBN 978-1-906098-13-1. ^ Arrowood, Janet (2006). Adventure guide Vietnam, Laos & Cambodia. Hunter Publishing, Inc. p. 116. ISBN 1-58843-520-2. ^ Parenteau, René (1997). Habitat et environnement urbain au Viêt-nam: Hanoi et Hô Chi Minh-Ville (in French). IDRC. p. 92. ISBN 0-88936-825-2.
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