Hanoi’s famous Hang Luoc Flower Market has been opened by Hoan Kiem People’s District Committee on the occasion of the Vietnamese Traditional Lunar New Year of the Tiger.

Hanoians flock to Hang Luoc Flower Market to buy bonsais, house adornment stuff or flowers for Tet decoration. Photo: Duy Khanh

This once-in-a-year flower market, dating back to the early 20th century, is considered to be the oldest flower market in the capital city. It stretches from Hang Luoc Street to the nearby streets of Hang Ruoi, Hang Chai and Hang Khoai. 

Visiting Hang Luoc Flower Market to buy bonsais, house adornment stuffs or flowers for Tet decoration is an elegant hobby of many Hanoians.

People visit the market not only to buy flowers but also to enjoy the Tet atmosphere.

The market is open only once a year, starting from the 15th to 30th days of the last lunar month. On this occasion, the market is boisterous with sellers who are gardeners from the flower villages around Hanoi such as Nghi Tam, Quang Ba and Tay Tuu.

In addition to the traditional flowers and bonsai of peach blossoms, chrysanthemum, violet, narcissus, kumquat, among others, there are also many imported flowers such as orchid, tulip and hydrangeas. The vivid flowers help creating the typical animated atmosphere of Tet in the capital that people can’t find anywhere else in the country.

In addition, cultural activities to entertain Hanoians on the occasion of the New Year were also kick-started on Phung Hung Street in Hanoi’s Old Quarter area.

The flower market is also the ‘heaven’ for photo shooting lovers. Photo: Duy Khanh

Stalls are installed along the street, selling traditional specialties of Hanoi and surrounding areas such as handicrafts of Phu Vinh bamboo and rattan craft village; Hang Trong folk paintings; Bat Trang pottery, mosaics of Chuon Ngo village, lacquerwares of Ha Thai village, among others.

Hang Luoc Flower Market and Tet Market Space on Phung Hung Street will be open from 8a.m. to 10p.m. daily until January 31 (aka 29th day of the last Lunar month).

In the context of the complicated development of the Covid-19 pandemic, visitors to these places are urged to strictly follow the Ministry of Health’s 5K massages of Khau trang (facemask)- Khu khuan (disinfection)- Khoang cach (distance)- Khong tu tap (no gathering) and Khai bao y te (health declaration)

The number of stalls at the markets has also been halved compared to the usual to comply with the pandemic prevention and control measures.