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Dong Xuan Market, or Cho Dong Xuan, is the oldest and largest market in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located at Dong Xuan Street, at the end of Hang Dao Street, on the northern part of the Old Quarters. The original building was constructed in 1889, on the site of one of Hanoi's lakes. On 14 July 1994, a big fire destroyed the original building, putting 3,000 workers out of job, causing damage amounting to millions of dollars and claiming five lives. Thousands of exotic animals were also lost in the flames.
In its place stands the present Dong Xuan Market, opened for business in December 1996 with "quite a bang". Hundreds of disgrunted women vendors took to the streets in anger to demonstrate against what they felt were unfair stall allocations, so much so that the prime minister's office had to intervene. Today the present Dong Xuan Market already looks aged. It has an escalator - probably the first in Hanoi - but it doesn't work. The market itself looks like an old shopping mall and sells all sorts of low-priced garments such as counterfeit t-shirts, watches and the likes. If you're looking for more interesting goods, the shops surrounding the market may be more promising.
2. Trang Tien Plaza
Trang Tien Plaza is the biggest shopping center in Old Quarter are. It's located on the side of Hoan Kiem lake. Trang Tien Plaza is daily opened at 10Am and closed at 9:00PM.
3. Dong Xuan Night Market
the night market of the Dong Xuan Market was opened on the occasion of the 2003 Southeast Asian Games, this night market is organized as a tourist attraction rather than a business place where one can buy souvenirs, handicrafts and also taste traditional foods or enjoy cultural activities such as "ca tru" and "cheo". Performers of other traditional arts like "Dan bau" or "xam" artists are also invited to demonstrate their talent in the night market. For this reason, Dong Xuan night market is considered efficient way to preserve and propagate the values of the traditional culture of Vietnam. From October 2004, the street in front of Dong Xuan Market, which is also named Dong Xuan street (pho Dong Xuan), is made pedestrian street on every Saturday and Sunday evenings so that they can expand the scope of Dong Xuan night market. Most of goods are fake and come from China. Besides the commercial activities, Dong Xuan Market is also a frequent destination of tourists during their visit in Hanoi.
4. Shoes Market
Hang Dau street which is in walking distance from Hoan Kiem Lake is famous with variety of Shoes, sandals...etc. Most of shoes are come from China