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.
The six-day Tet bazaar at the Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi will be gratuit and open to the public from 11am to 8pm from Jan. 26 to 31.
The first stop on the Metropole’s Tet market journey 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 15 vendors will take part in this year’s bazaar including Valenciani, Le Thanh Hoa, SHE, Bonpoint, Liti Florist, Nature Queen, Viet Culture, Vivy handicraft, Three tree Jewellry, Huong Jewellry, C-Brewmaster, Fargreen, Orfarm, Truong Hao food, Dai Nam Thai Y Vien and Da Loc.
Once again, the Metropole will be sharing the observances of the Vietnamese new year with a wide range of Tet activities for the whole family. Here’s what will be happening at the hotel this Lunar New Year:
- 11.15am to 11.30am on Jan. 26: chung cake workshop with artist Nguyen Duc Toan from Thanh Oai province
- 11.30am to 1 pm on Jan. 26 : Tet flower arrangement workshop with Liti Florist
- 1pm to 4 pm on Jan. 27: Tet painting workshop with renowned Hanoi 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 to 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.