Traditional market inside hotel to sell food and handicrafts in celebration of lunar new year holiday.
The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will open a traditional Vietnamese market in anticipation of the Tet lunar new year holiday.
The three-day “Cho Que” (country market in Vietnamese) anchors a multi-faceted approach to the annual holiday, which also includes presentation of lucky red envelopes to guests on the first day of the new year, a dragon dance, and a Vietnamese banquet par excellence at the hotel’s Spices Garden.
“While so much of Vietnam shuts down during Tet, we’re really going to open things up,” said Mr. Franck Lafrourcade, the hotel’s General Manager. “From the market to the red envelopes and the food, we aim to provide the most authentic Tet experience possible.”
The market will be open to the public from January 29 to 31 and entry is free.
At Cho Que vendors will set up shop along the walkway bordering one side of the hotel’s inner sanctum. Dressed in traditional garb they will sell food, handicrafts, and colorful “do” paper paintings from Dong Ho village.
Vietnamese artists will paint visitors’ portraits. Soup vendors will dole out bowls full of “pho” and “bun cha” to celebrants. And a traditional dragon dance will bring luck to all in attendance.
On January 29 contestants will compete to make the best “banh chung” (traditional rice cake) and on Saturday the best “banh cuon” (rice noodle rolls) and best “nom” (salad), while on January 31 there is a contest for the best child’s drawing on a traditional conical hat. Winners will receive vouchers for various dining experiences at the hotel.
Meanwhile, boughs of flowering, pink beach blossoms and potted shrubs of kumquats laden with orange fruit will grace the hotel lobby, heralding the holiday as decidedly as Christmas trees in the West. Moreover, handicrafts and art from the highlands town of Sapa will be on display throughout the holiday.