Han market

Han market is located in the heart of DaNang city, at the grand intersection of Tran Phu Street, Bach Dang Street, Hung Vuong Street and Tran Hung Dao Street. This market plays a very important role in the history of Da Nang city.
Han market at the first time was only a modest trading venue for small businessmen to exchange their goods. Later, the convenient and ideal location have enabled it to develop into a big trading center.

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Han market was named after the Han river and was opened in the early of 1940s during the French occupancy of Da Nang. The French constructed there a big train system called Tourane Marché to transport goods to the main station.As the business grew unceasingly, some Chinese and Vietnamese businessmen decided to build a commercial center around the market with grocery stores, jewelry stores, Chinese traditional pharmacy stores, etc. In 1989, the market was fully renovated, coveringan area of 28,000 square meters includingtwo spacious floors. Nowadays, as the renovation gives the market a vast and refreshing atmosphere, the arrangement of stores inside the market also gives the customers a relaxing feeling when shopping there.
The interesting thing is that local inhabitants used to regard this market as “rich market” because it was extremely popular among the well-off classes of the society. Nowadays, that term is no longer be used as everyone enjoys shopping in this market. There is a diversity of food here ranging from fresh foods (vegetables, fruits, fishes and meats) to clothes which is traded all day long. However, the most special thing to look for at this market is probably fish sauce: the familiar yet unique food of the Central Regions.
In addition to the variety of choices, Han Market also attracts many people by its relatively low prices because it functions as the center where goods are gathered before being distributed to smaller markets in the province.

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Han market is ideal for those looking for some Da Nang’s souvenirs before coming back home. If you are flying overseas after, you may be limited to take dried food with you but if you have more time to spare in Vietnam, stock up on fresh fruits and local snacks. Some specialties that can be found in Han market include Ly Son garlic, Chili paste, dried rice crackers, dried squids. At the front of the market are fruit stalls, abundant with tropical option from bananas to jackfruits.
The best times to visit Han Market are between 06:00 and 11:00 and then after 16:00, when the market is bursting with activity rather than asleep. If you are coming from Hoi An, the bus stops straight outside, otherwise it is just a short walk from the big bridge that breathes fire at the weekends on Bach Dang street called Dragon Bridge. One can easily reach Han market by taxi or motor taxi. If you stay at one of the beach resorts on Da Nang coast, a trip to Han market would cost $5/one way by taxi.
The Cham Museum is a 10-minute walk from the Bach Dang street exit just by the Dragon Bridge, where you can also grab a boat for a Han River cruise.

 

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