Tuesday, February 16, 2010

Dong Ba Market, Hue, Vietnam

Hue's Dong Ba Market was reasonable motivation for me to get out of bed before 8am for once. The place is run almost exclusively by women--not ones quite as intimidating as the ones that run Busan's Jalgalchi Fish Market, but they still had me treading lightly in my flip flops. (Flip flops which have now given me tan lines on my feet, incidentally.)

Dong Ba Market has been in its current location, on the north bank of the Perfume River, since 1889. There are some things that place it in today's world: the endless scooters beeping and weaving around the tiny alleyways, the stalls selling nothing but counterfeit goods and the sea of conical hats marred only by the motorcycle helmets--but the rest is as it was a hundred years ago.

Dong Ba Market is located at the southeastern corner of the Hue Citadel. You can find more information on Dong Ba Market here.


  1. My god, you can't take a bad picture with all this awesome grub surrounding you.

  2. Makes the Berkeley Bowl look like a tired old Safeway.

  3. Like shooting ducks in a barrel.

  4. I love the expression of the woman in the first picture. Like, "So I'm selling chickens. WHAT?"

  5. red faced ambiguousFebruary 23, 2010 at 7:02 PM

    What is the stuff pictured in pictures #5 and 6, especially the black stuff? Condiments? How do they keep the meat from decaying in the heat?

  6. The black things were some sort of bean pods, I think.

    And the meat, well, it's pretty questionable. They try and keep it in the shade. But that's it.