Outstanding cultural beauty of the mountainous Pa Co market

Pa Co Market in the northern province of Hoa Binh retains long-lasting cultural values of ethnic minorities. It is truly an alluring destination for both domestic and international tourists.
August 27, 2020 | 08:08
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The colorful Pa Co market Photo: Ivivu

Pa Co Market is about 40km to the north of Mai Chau town, in the middle of the center of three communes namely Hang Kia, Pa Co (Mai Chau), and Loong Luong (Moc Chau, Son La). It is only held on Sundays. As the whole valley is still shrouded in thick dawn mist, the ethnic minorities rush to the market, according to VOV.

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Pa Co Market is not only the place to trade, exchange goods but also to socialize. Photo: Ivivu

Because it only takes place once a week, it is extremely bustling. From the distance, the mountainous market looks colorful with a wide range of brocade ethnic clothes.

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Quietly nestled amid the lush forests and stretches of rice terraced fields, the market has become a magnetic destination for tourists when traveling Mai Chau.

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Pa Co market sells local products such as home-grown vegetables, mushrooms, honey, or livestock. Essential household items, farming tools are also available.

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Photo: Ivivu

The stalls in the market are quite simple, just wooden boards. However, thanks to its pristineness, Pa Co allures a large number of tourists, including both domestic and foreign ones. It is an ideal destination to escape from the hustle and bustle of city life, mingle with the indigenous people as well as sample local specialties.

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The sounds of laughter from market-goers bring the exciting vibes for the peaceful mountainous market.

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Pa Co market is considered as the epitome of the ethnic minorities’ life. Poetic and rustic are the words to depict Pa Co market.

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Coming here, tourists can leisurely admire colorful brocade clothes and certainly be overwhelmed by intricately woven.products.

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The goods at Pa Co Market are reasonably priced; therefore, the buyers seldom bargain.

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In the current trend of commercialization in many upland markets, Pa Co market still preserves the long-lasting cultural values of ethnic minorities.

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