Han Market is located in the heart of Danang and offers 28,000 square metres of noisy shopping opportunities. Though Han Market is easily accessible, it’s not for the fainthearted or those looking for olfactory pleasure — it’s a bit stinky.
Han Market opened during the French occupancy of Da Nang in the early 1940s and was named after the river Han that it ran parallel to; it was regarded by locals as the ‘rich market’, as most of its wares were either shipped or bought in by a French-constructed train system called the Tourane Marche, making it the place for wealthy classes to source more expensive imported goods. In 1989 the market was subjected to a massive renovation that added an extra storey, making it the biggest market in Danang and also apparently the cheapest.
The entrances and outskirts of Han Market are a bustling market place in themselves, with florists, fruit and veg traders, pharmacies and jewellers — it’s quite a good warm up for what lies ahead. From the main entrance, the first thing on offer are ‘souvenirs’ or tourist tat — it’s almost as if they don’t think many tourists will venture through to the main food court.
The best times to visit Han Market are between 06:00 and 11:00 and then after 16:00, when the market is bursting with activity rather than asleep.