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.