There is a so strange ethnic market called “Sapa love market”

There is a so strange ethnic market called “Sapa love market”

20-02-2017 11:26 Posted by: Thao Tran
It's great to discover the special love market in Sapa, Vietnam where young people from many villages of North West meet and show love to each other.

Traveling to Sapa, every tourist not only wants to have a chance watching the beautiful scenery in Sapa but also wants to discover the unique special tradition of the local people here.

One of the very unique traditions in Sapa is Sapa love market which is a special trait of Mong and Dao ethnic people and Vietnam culture and tradition generally.

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Boys and girls of Mong ethnic people dance and sing at Sapa love market (baomoi)

Love market in Sapa is the place for young guys and girls from many villages of North West to meet and show love to each other. Sapa love market attracts a lot of tourists in Sapa tour coming to know more it every year.

The two words “Love market” comes into people in lowland like social category about love and marriage. It's explainable but there is still not an appropriate way to define thoroughly these two words.

sapa love market-dance

They dance in single pair or multiple pairs (baomoi)

A market means there is something to sell and buy. However, in Sapa love market, no one sells or buy anything. So it's not a market, is it? Ironically, the youngsters still come here for a date. 

A market is an intermediate place and a connection for most of cultural activities in highland. Therefore, it is understandable that love market in Sapa is the place to give affectionate, loving gestures based on customs of each local minority.

sapa love market-boys and girls are in costumes

Boys and girls are in beautifully splendid costumes and goi to lthe ove market to find their mate (baomoi)

Sapa love market, Vietnam often takes place on Saturday nights every week with many special activities.

sapa love market-tourists give money to dancers

Tourists will give money for dancers to encourage them after the sweating performance (baomoi)

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Little kid is putting money into the encouraging box to support the dancers (baomoi)

In this market, boys and girls will come to meet each other and do many interesting activities for example tug or war, blowing pan-pipe, singing to show love… When the market is over, many couples will get closer, and some of them become long life husbands and wives.

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Tourists can also borrow the pan-pipe and learn how to play and dance (baomoi)

Sapa love market is taken place at the big yard in Sapa church. From the afternoon, at the street and the church yard, you can see a lot of women wearing beautifully gorgeous costumes and a lot of silver jewelries.

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Taking photos to memorize the special moment in love market (baomoi)

In another section, there will be some guys standing around the girls and giving them their recording in cassette tapes which contain their voice singing to show love to the girls. Those guys will play the tapes to the girls then flirt with them and give them some souvenir gifts.  When one guy find his love mate, he will slide an engage thing into her hand.

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A H'Mong ethnic boy is playing pan-pipe passionately (baomoi)

Boys will play the pan-pipe to look for a girl. If one girl likes that boy, she will come close to him. Then he will continue to play pan-pipe, if she is really into that boy, he will take her out for a private talk at the hill side.

sapa love market-grilled food

You can enjoy many grilled food like eggs, sweet potatoes… in cold weather of Sapa (baomoi)

This market is not only the place that tourists come to see boys and girls find there loves or see them play the pan-pipe and dance and sing; but also come to watch the mist, buy brocade products and eat grilled chicken eggs or grilled pig’s tripe or grilled corn.

Every tourist coming to Sapa will never forget the interesting moment at Sapa love market.

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