On the journey to discover the green Luang Pu, visitors will encounter Pho Don fair which still remains many simple features and bear the characters of the highland in western Thanh Hoa. According to the general rule, Pho Don fair open twice a week, in Thursday morning and Sunday morning. From 7am to 9am, the approximately 1km long Lung Niem commune center is filled with people, full of bright colors if peaches, citrus, vegetables, bamboo shoots, forest Dong leaves... and the traditional costumes of Kinh, Thai, Muong... peoples creating a separate color of the fair in the highland ...
Pho Don, the name of a market appearing in the period of French domination, is located on in Lung Niem commune, Ba Thuoc district, Thanh Hoa province. This is the place of goods and cultural exchange of Kinh, Muong, Thai ethnics of the communes around, the people in Tan Lac, Lac Son… districts of Hoa Binh province.
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The thing setting the impression on tourists coming to Pho Don fair is the exchange commodities of equal values culture. Sometimes, people do not buy things by money, for example, a chicken could be exchanged for two dozen of eggs and a bunch of vegetable but both sides still feel comfortable and happy. Along with that, there are many people from lowland coming and purchasing agricultural products such as dried bamboo shoot, chayote, glutinous rice planted on the terrace... to bring to lowland and supply for Tet market (in the days near Tet).
|The fair becomes more crowded in the broad daylight|
Pho Don fair bears the features of a market in the highland with mainly the subsistence goods. Goods are simple but quite rich in types with produces such as brocade, wine, forest vegetables, insects, fresh fruit ...
|Produces sold in Pho Don fair are mainly those planted by local people|
For people here, going to market not only to buy and sell goods but also to exchange culture, to meet and talk to each other. Besides, many Kinh people from lowland also go to this fair to buy upland produces and sell the essential items such as clothing, shovels, metal tools, buckets, blankets ... to meet the demand of local residents.
Pho Don fair contributes to enrich the material and spiritual life of people living in the highland Western of Thanh Hoa province. At the same time, it helps preserve the unique culture of ethnic minorities here.