Antique Markets – Where To Get A Real Sense of Unique Culture In Hanoi
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Some of you might not enjoy being dragged around the regular venues in the crowded shopping malls on your holiday in Vietnam. But on any Vietnam heritage tour, the joyfulness of coming back home with a unique, one-of-a-kind souvenir or antiques on sale at a ridiculously reduced price (compared to the originally quoted price) is nothing to beat.
I know that antique hunters want to get something unique as a gift and present reminiscent of their time spent in Vietnam. Below are the five most fascinating antique hunting grounds in Hanoi for bargaining experiences, classic designs, and retro kitsch that are highly recommended by any Vietnam local tour operator.
Weekend Antique Market at The Hanoi Museum
The Weekend Antique Market at The Hanoi Museum has been going on for more than five years (since the beginning of 2013, to be accurate), but it has long been chosen as a perfect place to visit for any antique hunters since its opening. At the 50 on-site stalls are a mix of antique collectors and reasonably priced artisans – not only Hanoians but also from the nearby cities and provinces in Northern Vietnam such as Bac Ninh, Ninh Binh, Haiphong, and Thanh Hoa.
The Weekend Antique Market is not a huge one and the price is a little higher than that in others but less overwhelming than the other antique markets in Hanoi and certainly worth the short trip on your best tours in Vietnam.
• Location: Hanoi Museum, No 2 Pham Hung Street, Me Tri Ward, Tu Liem District;
• Opening time: Every Sunday morning.
Van Phuc Antique Market
A short drive out of Hanoi City center will take you to the precious jewels and fascinating bargaining experiences at Van Phuc Antique Market in Ha Dong District.
At this mecca for serious antique collectors, you can easily find a pretty decent selection of offerings ranging from hundreds of thousand dong to severals of million dong. Antique-wise, antique porcelain vases to re-purposed items, antique coins, vintage aluminum fans, collectibles as well as other rare finds are generally quoted at an incredibly high price. Don’t hesitate to practice your bargaining skills!
• Location: To Huu Street, Van Phuc Village, Ha Dong District;
• Opening time: From 7.00.A.M. to 6.00.P.M. – the 1st, 5th, 10th, 15th, 20th, 25th, 30th day of every lunar month.
Hoang Hoa Tham Antique Market
Hundreds of antiques and collectibles dealers or even re-purposed item lovers sprawl across a total area of 400 square meters at Hoang Hoa Tham Antique Market, making it one of the heritage sites in Vietnam.
Once Saturday arrives, get ready to join throngs of browsers and antique hunters searching for a deal among the many 1sq.-meter stalls overflowing with vintage handbags, antique clocks, costume jewelry, images meticulously engraved on wood, and artwork.
• Location: No 438-456 Hoang Hoa Tham Street, Ba Dinh District;
• Opening time: Every Saturday;
• Telephone: 098 928 32 68.
Thuong Thuong Antique Market
There is nothing quite like the broad collection of machines and pieces of equipment from home furnishings to office furnishings and antique tables and chairs. A coffee table here can be quoted at hundreds of thousand dong while a set of an antique table and chairs is worth several of million dongs.
Whatever you are looking for, Thuong Thuong Antique Market should be added into any antique hunters’ shopping bucket lists.
• Location: Hai Boi, Dong Anh – near Thang Long Bridge;
• Opening time: All day long.
Antique Market near Den Lu Lake
A place where local antiques and collectibles dealers lay out their precious items right on the pavements – the Antique Market near Den Lu Lake is simple yet attractive. Hair dryers, sunglasses, spoon, belt, etc. – there is a lot on sale here.
• Location: Den Lu Lake area, Hoang Mai District;
• Opening time: From 5.00.P.M. to 7.00.P.M every day.
Aside from the shopping experiences in the crowded venues, the one-of-a-kind experience that a travel lover can have on their Vietnam heritage tour is a visit to an antique market. Expect to get a real sense of the unique culture and identity of our capital city.