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Gia Lac market was founded under Minh Mang reign (1820-1840) by Dinh Vien Cong Nguyen Phuoc Binh – Emperor Gia Long’s fourth son. At first, it was confined inside his royal family for exchange of goods and entertainment. Later on, attracted by its activities, people in the neighborhood also joined in the trade, enlivening it with popular amusements. Therefore, Gia Lac soon became a form of Spring fair on occasions of Tet holidays.

The market is located on a crossroad close to Nam Pho village, forking in two directions, one toward Duong No, the other toward Ngoc Anh, 3 km from the center of Hue in the direction of Vi Da. It lies 300 metres off the Perfume river. Across from it, on the other bank is the present-day Dinh market.

The goods for sale at Gia Lac market are of a great diversity, varying with the years: from household utensils, food and drinks to children’s toy – a kind of flea market…Foodstuffs are of all kinds, in particular barbecued beef, an indispensable tidbit in the Tet holiday at Gia Lac market.

The market is also a place of entertainment in the three Tet days where take place such games and amusement as “bai choi”, “bai thai”, “bai ghe”…The market goers are dressed up in their best bib and tucker. The atmosphere is exhilaratingly cheerful without any scenes of noisy haggling or quarrelling. The fair lasts for three Tet days, a fairly concentrated expression of Hue culture.
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