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Dong Ba Market – one of symbols of the poetic city of Hue

Situated on Tran Hung Dao Street along Perfume River, Hue City, and about 100m to the north of Truong Tien Bridge, Dong Ba Market is the largest and most popular market in Thua Thien-Hue Province.

Under the reign of King Gia Long (1802-1819), there was a big market named Qui Gia near Chanh Dong (Dong Ba) Gate of Hue Citadel. The name “Qui Gia” referred to the return to Phu Xuan Capital (Hue nowadays) of Nguyen Dynasty. In 1885, the capital was attacked by French colonials and Qui Gia Market was burnt. In 1887, King Dong Khanh had the market rebuilt on the same location of Qui Gia Market and renamed it as Dong Ba. The market supplied food to the royals, hospitals, army camps, and dormitories of multiple schools… In 1899, under the Western-style reconstruction project of King Thanh Thai, the market was moved to the current position. Even though Dong Ba Market underwent several renovations from the beginning of the 20th century, it still embraces many old features to this day.

Apart from the bell tower in the centre, Dong Ba Market contains 2,700 stalls arranged in 9 rows. The total area of the market is over 22,700 sqm. The average number of people visiting the market daily ranges between 5,000 and 7,000 and can be doubled during holidays.

All quintessence products of Thua Thien-Hue Province can be found in Dong Ba Market, including Phu Cam conical hat, Ke Mon jewelry, Song Hy sesame candy, Truoi berry, Tuan tea, Huong Can tangerine, Lai Bang thanh tra fruit, lotus seed of Tinh Tam Lake… Traditional dishes of Hue such as com hen (mussel rice), bun bo (beef vermicelli), banh la (leaves cake)… are sold in the food section of the markets.

Dong Ba Market plays an important role in the economy and trade activities of Hue City. Besides being a supplier to the locals, the market is also a must-see destination for visitors who would like to have an authentic experience or buy local specialties. Along with Truong Tien Bridge and Perfume River, Dong Ba Market is one of the symbols of the city.

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