Located on Tran Phu Street Road, Bach Dang and Nguyen Thai Hoc Street, Hoi An Market is a place to exchange all kind of good in Hoi An ancient town. Market is divided into different areas: food and drink area and fresh- ingredients area. Outdoor market located around the main market, close to Thu Bon River. Hoi An Market was formed after the year of 1848 (after Nguyen Thai Hoc Street was formed in 1840). Previously, the market is located along Le Loi Street to Tran Phu Street; near the riverside (the time Nguyen Thai Hoc Street is not appeared yet).
According to the general pattern of the market, Hoi An Market is located near the river pier, near the temples, pagodas. When moving to a new place now, Hoi An Market located in front of Ong Temple, close to the riverside and on the important Hoi An ancient town junction.
In terms of architectural structure, the layout of the market was designed in the early of twentieth century, with rectangular area. Market was built with brick, large gate and fish scales roof. Especially in front of the market, between the gate have a water wells have provided water to both the market and the surrounding area. So they also covered the wells and now it well known as the “Roof Water Wells”.
The market is busy all day long with locals bargaining. The negotiating over fish usually starts around 07:00 as the fishermen drop their catch off and the market vendors and local buyers dive in to get the best fish.
Besides, inside the market there are also plenty of live ducks and chickens tied together and ready for sale alongside row upon row of Vietnamese cooking ingredients. It’s a good idea to wear closed shoes as the floor in the market can get damp and sticky, especially if you are visiting the fish section.
To visit Hoi An Central Market is the best way to know more about the daily life and culture of the people of Hoi An Ancient Town.