Sapa tours, a northwest land of Viet Nam with its beautiful sights in fog, has become an attractive destination. Besides, its unique and charming feature comes from “Love Market in Sapa”- a place that helps people create more romantic relationships.
People seem to be familiar with many famous tourist attractions in Viet Nam such as Ha Long Bay, Sword Lake, Huong Pagoda or Ben Thanh Market… However, spreading out our country, there are still lots of lands silently hiding their natural beauty. Sapa is a typical example of this.
Located in the northwest of Viet Nam, Sapa has its own serene and graceful beauty and it is also dotted a bit wilderness. When mentioning Sapa, people tend to think of peace and ease. To be covered with the bobbing fog and the fresh air, its natural landscapes and inhabitants have poetic and romantic feature. Perhaps, visitors will only find out the animation in some market sessions. These unique markets sessions have a sweet name, Love Market.
It was long thought that a market is a place for selling and buying. How about Love Market? Is it a place for trading LOVE??? Actually, Love Market is just a normal market session which is held on every Saturday night. lovers take advantages of the market to see each other, express their feeling or dating. That’s why people call it Love Market and it has become one of the distinctive cultural features here.
On a Saturday night, boys and girls from all villages come to Love Market to talk, sing and play lots of different games according to their ethnic groups’ tradition. While many girls show up in colorful costumes and silver ornaments, boys try to catch their attention the tuneful melody of Khen – a traditional instrument in Northwest areas. If a girl likes his performance and has a feeling with him, she will tie a strand to this boy. This behavior looks like an implicit sign of love. After these performances, some couples are lucky to find out the match and make an appointment on the next market. Many of them have later become husbands and wives sharing the same life for good and for bad. In other words, Love Market provides a link among lovers, gives them a chance to begin their love stories.
Now, Love Market in Sapa takes place every Saturday night as usual. However, not only the inhabitants but also visitors from other places are interested in Love Market. It has long been the not-to-be-missed event reflecting a special culture of people of mountainous areas in general and of Sapa in particular.