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‘Lantern streets’ in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City filled with weekend visitors as Mid-Autumn Festival nears

‘Lantern streets’ in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City filled with weekend visitors as Mid-Autumn Festival nears

Sunday, August 28, 2022, 14:18 GMT+7
‘Lantern streets’ in Hanoi, Ho Chi Minh City filled with weekend visitors as Mid-Autumn Festival nears
A man takes his grandson to a lantern shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Many children and young people have been flocking to ‘lantern streets’ in Hanoi and Ho Chi Minh City over the weekend to shop for lanterns and take photos as the Mid-Autumn Festival is around the corner.

In Ho Chi Minh City, parents took their children to Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, where dozens of shops were selling lanterns of all shapes, sizes, and colors.

“Despite the increase in raw material cost, most of the lantern sellers here keep the prices as in previous years,” said Le Thi Hoa, who has run a shop for 30 years.

A child browses for lanterns at a shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A child browses for lanterns at a shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Aside from traditional lanterns made of paper, electronic lanterns with various designs and colors also attracted customers, especially young children, Hoa added.

The ‘lantern street’ is also a popular haunt of young people when the Mid-Autumn Festival nears.

This year’s Mid-Autumn Festival falls on September 10.

People buy lanterns at a shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People buy lanterns at a shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Ngoc Anh, who resides in neighboring Dong Nai Province, said she and her friends rode their motorbikes to Ho Chi Minh City this weekend to take some photos with the bright and colorful lanterns.

“This is the first time I have been to this street, I see that it's very lively and bustling,” Anh stated.

A lantern shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A lantern shop on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman takes a photo with colorful lanterns on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

A woman takes a photo with colorful lanterns on Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People crowd Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

People crowd Luong Nhu Hoc Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Ngoc Phuong / Tuoi Tre

Meanwhile, Hanoi residents congregated on such streets as Hang Ma, Hang Ruc, and Hang Ruoi in the Old Quarter to take photos, buy lanterns, or simply enjoy the atmosphere.

“My sister, best friend, and I came here to take some photos for our Facebook and Instagram accounts,” said Pham Linh, a 23-year-old white-collar worker.

Young people take selfies with lanterns on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Young people take selfies with lanterns on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

“We planned out little photoshoot for about a week, prepared lots of beautiful clothes, and even checked the weather forecast to make sure it was not going to rain.

“You should ask for permission from the shop owners or buy some of their products before taking photos with the lanterns.”

Hang Ma Street is bustling on the weekend. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Hang Ma Street is bustling on the weekend. Photo: Ha Quan / Tuoi Tre

Vu Thanh Dat, 24, said he and his two friends traveled 20 kilometers from Bac Ninh Province to Hanoi to buy decorations for their coffee shop.

The Mid-Autumn Festival-themed items can easily be found on Hang Ma and Hang Luoc Streets, Dat added.

“I took my son to Hang Ma Street to show him a glimpse of the traditional Mid-Autumn Festival, with paper lanterns and clay sculptures,” said Le Thanh An, a Hanoi resident.

A boy selects his favorite lantern at a shop on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

A boy selects his favorite lantern at a shop on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

People browse for clay sculptures at a shop on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

People browse for clay sculptures at a shop on Hang Ma Street in Hanoi. Photo: Nguyen Hien / Tuoi Tre

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