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Ho Chi Minh City citizens descend on Tet merch street

Ho Chi Minh City citizens descend on Tet merch street

Sunday, January 08, 2023, 09:20 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City citizens descend on Tet merch street
People shop for Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City citizens are rushing to buy decorations for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, which is just two weeks away.

Their destination is a Tet merchandise market widely known as ‘Tai Loc’ (Fortune) Market, which stretches 600 meters long on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5.

Vendors sell a variety of Tet decorations at the market, such as lanterns, red envelopes, pairs of Tet wishes, red couplets, and artificial apricots and peach blossoms.

The brilliant colors, mostly red and yellow, of these decorative items have brightened up an entire section of the street.

Their major design theme is cat, which is the 2023 Lunar New Year’s zodiac animal.

A woman poses beside Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses beside Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

The market is also favored by visitors for photos.

Among the shoppers and photo enthusiasts that have packed Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in recent days is Nguyen Thi Phuong Mai, who ran up a bill worth nearly VND2.5 million (US$106) of Tet decorations to furnish her company in a budget fashion.

T., a resident of District 4, is another case similar to Mai's.

“This year, because the budget for Tet decoration is reduced, I have to find a way to spend more sparingly on making a beautiful Tet corner at our company,” T. said.

A boy prepares a Tet decoration at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A boy prepares a Tet decoration at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

Tet decorations are put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

Tet decorations are put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman shops for decorative lights at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman shops for decorative lights at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A kitty-shaped Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A kitty-shaped Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A man displays Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A man displays Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A girl goes shopping for Tet decorations with her parents at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A girl goes shopping with her parents at a Tet decoration store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

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Ho Chi Minh City citizens are rushing to buy decorations for the Lunar New Year (Tet) holiday, which is just two weeks away.

Their destination is a Tet merchandise market widely known as ‘Tai Loc’ (Fortune) Market, which stretches 600 meters long on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5.

Vendors sell a variety of Tet decorations at the market, such as lanterns, red envelopes, pairs of Tet wishes, red couplets, and artificial apricots and peach blossoms.

The brilliant colors, mostly red and yellow, of these decorative items have brightened up an entire section of the street.

Their major design theme is cat, which is the 2023 Lunar New Year’s zodiac animal.

A woman poses beside Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman poses beside Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

The market is also favored by visitors for photos.

Among the shoppers and photo enthusiasts that have packed Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in recent days is Nguyen Thi Phuong Mai, who ran up a bill worth nearly VND2.5 million (US$106) of Tet decorations to furnish her company in a budget fashion.

T., a resident of District 4, is another case similar to Mai's.

“This year, because the budget for Tet decoration is reduced, I have to find a way to spend more sparingly on making a beautiful Tet corner at our company,” T. said.

A boy prepares a Tet decoration at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A boy prepares a Tet decoration at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

Tet decorations are put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

Tet decorations are put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman shops for decorative lights at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A woman shops for decorative lights at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A kitty-shaped Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A kitty-shaped Tet decoration is put up for sale at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A man displays Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A man displays Tet decorations at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A girl goes shopping for Tet decorations with her parents at a store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

A girl goes shopping with her parents at a Tet decoration store on Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street in District 5, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Nhat Xuan / Tuoi Tre

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