Upgrading the operational traditional markets into modern ones is a must. However, it is necessary to find out a suitable model for the new markets.
Hanoians refuse to go shopping at modern markets
Despite the failures, Hanoi authorities still insist on renovating the traditional market network, trying to turn them into modern markets, suitable to a modern capital city.
Hanoi’s initiative of setting up building blocks for all traditional markets, shopping malls and working offices in one has tasted the failure. The modern Cua Nam market in Hoan Kiem district is a typical example. It cannot attract housewives since the day it began operation.
Hanoi has also failed with the project on building Hang Da market, because it “tried to build a new market with old way of thinking.” Meanwhile, the Mo market is still being built the same way.
“New markets have been built under the mode of modern building blocks with thick wall, glass doors which are “as secret as a grave.” However, the markets have been left deserted and cold,” Nguyen Van Dung, an architect, commented.
While the heavily invested modern markets remain quiet with few visitors, the nearby sales points have always been crowded and bustling, from early in the morning to late in the evening.
“It’s a pity that to date, the unreasonable thoughts about the modern markets still exist,” Dung added.
Hanoi’s authorities vow to renovate the existing traditional markets, but they have not listened to the voice of the public. Meanwhile, in principle, the opinions of salesmen and customers need to be respected when the city’s localities consider the plans to upgrade the markets.
Which models for Hanoi’s traditional markets?
While the city’s leaders still discuss to find out suitable models for Hanoi’s markets, experts point out that the Dong Xuan Market in Hanoi, or Ben Thanh and An Dong Markets in HCM City are the success stories of renovating