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Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market

Jasmine Le Jasmine Le

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January 28, 2021 | 14:42

The flower market in Hang Luoc Street, Hanoi Old Quarter, once again turns vibrant as Lunar New Year is just around the corner. Being one of the oldest flower markets in the capital, the place is frequented by flocks of florists, buyers and flower lovers.

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Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

The flower market in Hang Luoc street, which dates back to some 500 years ago, is already crowded before its opening day (January 29).

Local authorities start to set up barriers to ban vehicles from entering the flower market on January 27.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Traffic signs put at the head of Hang Luoc street block cars from driving into the street, leaving rooms for bunches of flowers for sales.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

For Hanoians, wandering around the flower market in Hang Luoc street ahead of Lunar New Year is the sheer enjoyment where they can totally indulge in the celebrative vibe that only comes once a year.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

The special thing is, the flower market in Hang Luoc street is only held once a year, one week before New Year ushers in. Florists from suburban villages such as Ngoc Ha, Tu Lien, Nghi Tam, Nhat Tan, Quang Ba, etc., would bring flowers to the market for sales. The closer it is to Tet, the more vibrant the atmosphere is, Tien Phong reported.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Young people in nice dress head to the market to take photos with Tet flowers. The market offers such an instagrammable background for any photo lovers.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Kumquat tree is ubiquitous in the market. The fruit tree becomes a much-coveted ornament during Tet holiday in Vietnam, much like peach blossoms in the north or apricot in the south.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

A florist watering her peach blossoms.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)

Along with the traditional market in Hang Luoc street, Hanoians can also enjoy an assorted of festive activities.

According to the Hanoi Old Quarter Management Board, the 2021 Old Quarter Spring Fair will be held along Phung Hung Street from January 30 to February 10.

Bustling joys in Hanoi's oldest Tet flower market
(Photo: Tien Phong)
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