Dong Ba Market
By Hue Local Guide
Dong Ba Market is the biggest commercial center of Thua Thien – Hue province and the adjacent regions. Only 100 meters to the North of Trang Tien Bridge, it stands along the North bank of Huong River, on Tran Hung Dao Street of Hue City.
Before the opening of Dong Ba market, in the time of King Gia Long, there was a grand market named Qui Gia Thi outside of Chanh Dong Gate. The name Qui Gia Thi referred to the return of the Nguyen Dynasty to Phu Xuan (Hue nowadays). In the summer of 1885, the capital city was attacked and Qui Gia Thi Market was burned to ashes. Not until 1887 did King Dong Khanh rebuild the market and rename it as Dong Ba Market. Since then, the market functioned as the main resource of food for the palaces, hospitals, army camps, and dormitories of the national universities such as Quoc Hoc, Dong Khanh, Binh Linh, Thien Huu, etc. In 1899, during the Western-style reconstruction project of King Thanh Thai, the market was moved to the nowadays position. Even though Dong Ba market has undergone several renovation projects since the beginning of the 20th century, nowadays, it still embraces many old features.
When you visit Dong Ba Market, you can easily spot the old bell tower standing proudly amid the complex of buildings. With nine new buildings and four new sections ranging from seafood to clothes, the market reaches an area of up to 15.597 m2. Besides, the market management committee is also in charge of Chuong Duong Garden and surrounding parking areas, which make a total area of 47.614 m2. The average number of consumers who visit the market daily is between 5’000 and 7’000 people; it can soar to more than 12’000 people during big holidays.
All of the most precious cultural gifts of Thua Thien – Hue that remain until today can be found in Dong Ba Market. They are the Phu Cam hats made of latanier leaves, Hien Luong knives and scissors, Ke Mon jewelries, Song Hy candies, Truoi berries, Tuan tea, etc. If you want to get the traditional foods, you can also find there as many dishes as mussel rice, beef vermicelli, leaves cakes, etc. because Dong Ba Market is the center where specialities are distributed to Hue’s international restaurants and hotels. Domestic and international travellers have been coming to the market for these special gifts for a long time.
Nowadays, Dong Ba market holds an important position in the economy of Thua Thien - Hue. Apart from providing foods and other goods for the cities, it also creates thousands of job opportunities for people and contributes to the national budget of the government. Without a doubt, Dong Ba Market, Trang Tien Bridge and Huong River have become the symbols of the romantic land of Hue.
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