Speaking of a colourful place (a memorable street market), the one that made a big impression on me is Hàng Mã Street in Hanoi Old Quarter. I discovered it by chance a few years ago when I was just rambling around the area.
This street is lined with shophouses built in the distinct old architecture of Hanoi – 2-storey yellow blocks with doors open to the street and a porch expanding over the frontage, making them perfect for both homes and stores.
The market has existed for hundreds of years and originally, only paper votive offerings were sold here. Most items are made from papers of vibrant, shiny colours such as red, green, silvery and yellow. These products are burnt by locals to send to their ancestors for use in afterlife. Today Hàng Mã Street offers a wider range of goods, from children’s toy, disguise clothes, lanterns to other festive decoration items, all in catchy colours. Customers from far and near flock to this little market every traditional holiday or festival such as Ghost Festival, Mid Autumn Festival and Lunar New Year.
Hang Ma Street would get extremely busy during Halloween, Mid-Autumn Festival and Christmas. Local youngsters consider it one of the must check-in spots for amazing photos with a colourful stunning background. This bustling, vibrant and photogenic street market is also a fantastic place to check out for any visitor in town.