THỪA THIÊN - HUẾ — Local authorities in the central province of Thừa Thiên Huế have approved a plan to set up a night market in the existing parking lot of Đông Ba Market, in the former imperial citadel, as a destination for tourists.
Existing Đông Ba Market in downtown Huế City. — VNS File Photo
The Đông Ba Night Market will cover a total area of 4,000sq.m in the vicinity of Đông Ba Bus Station, Chương Dương Road and Tân Thiết Road.
The market will include five main sections: a trading area of some 1,300sq.m with 136 stalls; a drink area; entertainment area of some 500sq.m; a parking place of 1,100sq.m; internal roads and public spaces covering 1,000sq.m and toilets.
The market will include over 100 stalls of handicrafts and local delicacies; some 20 stalls selling flowers, fruits and drinks; and eight food stalls.
The market will open between 6pm and 5am every day.
The authorities will install more lights and decorate the area with traditional lanterns, bonsai and flowers. The main gate will be on Trần Hưng Đạo Street.
Phan Ngọc Thọ, chairman of the province’s People’’s Committee, has asked the committee and concerned agencies to clear the area and open the market soon to create a recreational space for locals and tourists at night.
At present, the area has nearly 60 households selling souvernirs, drinks and delicacies between 6am and 7pm every day. The environment around Đông Ba Bus Station has been seriously polluted with rubbish from the market and nearby residents.
Local authorities hope that with the new night market, the environment will be better preserved and the area will become a highlight for tourists at night.
Thọ said handicraft goods offered at the night market should have trademarks of famed producers in Huế so that tourists will have special memories of the city. — VNS