This Lunar New Year, Vietnam’s most storied hotel captures the spirit of old Hanoi with a specially-constructed model tram and a bustling Tet market featuring dozens of stalls selling traditional holiday foods, designer clothing and local handicrafts.This year’s six-day Tet bazaar will be gratuit and open to the public from 11am to 8pm from Jan. 26 to 31.
The first stop on this year’s Tet market journey at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi is the “jingle tram”, located outside L’Epicerie du Metropole, and modelled after one of Hanoi’s iconic bygone trams from the early 19th century. For the first time, visitors can stroll through the wings of the hotel, each of which will be decorated as a different tram stop representing old Hanoi, including “Hanoi Old Quarter”, “Dong Xuan Market” and “Long Bien Bridge.”
More than 21 vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar including Vietnamese fashion designers Valenciani, Le Thanh Hoa and SHE, French brand Bonpoint, Liti Florist, Nature Queen, Viet Culture, Vivy handicraft, Three tree jewerly, C-Brewmaster, Fargreen, Orfarm, Truong Hao food, Dai Nam Thai Y Vien and Da Loc.
In addition, a wide range of Tet activities will be on offer such as:
– From 11.15 am to 11.30 am on 26 Jan: learn how to make chung cake with artist Nguyen Duc Toan from Thanh Oai province
– From 11.30 am to 1 pm on 26 Jan: learn how to arrange Tet flower with Liti florist
– From 1 pm to 4 pm on 27 Jan: learn how to draw Tet painting with renowned artist Van Duong Thanh
“We’re looking forward to welcoming guests to our special tram-themed Tet bazaar this year,” said Mr. William J. Haandrikman, General Manager of the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi. “Our annual Lunar New Year market is a great place to stock up on gifts and traditional foods before the big day, or just have a browse and soak up the festive atmosphere.”
Tet is the most important holiday in the Vietnamese calendar, marking the arrival of spring and new beginnings. During the seven-day celebration locals practice an array of customs including cooking traditional foods, cleaning out their homes, donning new clothes, visiting relatives, and giving li xi or lucky money to children.
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