The night market Hanoi starts every Friday evening at 18.00 and ends on Sunday late at night.
Like on any Asian market, clothing, as well as jewelry and gift items are sold. The whole quarter of the old town around the Hang Dao Road, Hang Ngang and Dong Xuan Market is declared to pedestrian zone. At several intersections cultural events take place.
The night market is already noticeable in the late hours of the afternoon when the parking for scooters become scarce and on the other hand, the some people loudly offer their last parking lots to the passing scooter drivers.
In the pedestrian area, the visitors crowd so dense that it is hard to pass through.
The streets are lined with small tables and plastic chairs, where hot food stalls and restaurants serve their food.
In all the hustle we discover Dao Duy Tu, a gallery for contemporary Vietnamese art. The excellent works of art provide an insight into the world of ideas of the Vietnamese from today. Destruction of the environment and traffic volume have probably played a role here.
A cultural event takes place at the intersection of Luong Ngoc Quyen and Pho Ma May; Vietnamese dance is shown. It’s interesting to see how the different characters are presented. As even money is thrown in the crowd, the mood in the audience reached its peak.
At the end of the event, we can still perform a short interview with the person in charge.
The composer and director of the Center for Vietnamese Music, Mr. Thao Giang told us that they want to promote the Vietnamese tradition here. The actors are students who have studied 4 to 5 years by now, and some are shortly before the master degree
Rappers practice street dance with children, which is great fun for them, at the intersection of Pho Ma May, Dao Duy Tu and Hang Buom.
In the Luong Ngoc Quyen, the Hanoi Prince II Hotel, a young band with a solo violinist plays modern popular music.
We return to the Ta Hien road to have a drink. Here we get to know the nice Christine from Stuttgart and Vu from Ho Chi Minh City.
We watch the people passing by at the crossing. Two pretty young women in slinky dresses offer us cigarettes and a free lighter. Who could say no to that! Some policemen at the intersection first look somewhat threatening, but we get an explanation form Vu. Their job is to take care that nothing happens to the tourists!
Balloon seller, Street dancer and pedestrians share peacefully the free room in the street.
When the first scooters try to make their way through the streets, we go back to the hotel, exhausted from the many impressions amid the crowds.
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