Shops open from 6am to 2pm. Buyers and sellers both pay a VND30,000 (US$1.3) entrance fee, which includes a drink from the café.
“We call it a market but in reality it’s more like a place where people who share the same passion for antiques come together to meet and talk,” said a shopkeeper who goes by the name of Khanh.
“Sometimes, collectors just come in to show off their treasures. Many others just come to have a cup of coffee and watch,” he added.
Antique hunters travel the country to collect their wares; some even bring things from overseas to sell here. One can find anything here: vintage cameras, typewriters, watches and out-of-circulation coins and bills.
Business here is done in a different way: no bargaining, no yelling and no rushing. Both buyers and sellers take the time to talk, to carefully watch and to admire precious items that belong to a distant time.