Hà Nội’s Tết flea market

Update: February, 04/2019 - 15:00
You can see people from anywhere and any walk of life examining the objects. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Viet Nam News

HÀ NỘI — Every year, from the 20th day of the 12th lunar month, the Antique Flea Market of the year begins. Everything can be bought and sold here: antiques, old objects and other curiosities. People come here not only to buy particular objects, but to take a look around. Some come hoping to find things that remind them of their family’s history. Those who have things to sell proudly show off their collections. Sometimes they don’t sell very well, but some say they get to meet collectors and expand their network of dealers. — VNS

It’s hard to tell if a piece is a real antique or not. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
A collector’s showcase of wrist watches. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
A telephone is on sale for VND600,000 (US$27). — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Happy faces of the joyful pigs, this year’s Zodiac Animal, get a lot of attention. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Kylin, one of the sacred animals, is also on sale here. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
A broken jar full of antique coins makes a beautiful frame. The owner asks for between VNĐ5 to 6 million. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Fake bronze objects are also on sale at the market. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Also available in the fake bronze section are deer, stag and buffalo. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Foreign tourists also come here to browse. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Notes of foreign currencies and coins of old dynasties all find their place at the market. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Objects range in colour, material, and of course, the prices ranges from a few thousand đồng to millions. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Crouching tigers, among some of the objects, are on display. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Lively statuettes of sacred animals, kylin included, are sold here. — Photo Đoàn Tùng
You won’t find a sign over then entrance to the market, where dozens of stall set up just once every year. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng
Antique clocks have become more sought-after in recent years at the market. — VNS Photo Đoàn Tùng