Today the market caters to the tourist dollars and is packed
tight with stalls selling clothing, pottery, souvenirs, jewels and
food. It is rumoured that depending on bargaining ability buyers
will be given their purchase in various coloured bags as a sign to
other vendors. The market was moved to its current building in 1912
but has existed in the area for hundreds of years. The permanent
stalls are passed down in family for generations. Some of Vietnam's
specialties can be bought cheaply here such as cobra and scorpion
whiskey and silks. The market is open daily from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m.
but an outdoor night market and food stalls surround the area until
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