As the Indochina ceasefire was announced, thousands of jubilant Hanoi citizens celebrated by converging on their famous old Dong Song market place.
As the Indochina ceasefire was announced, thousands of jubilant Hanoi citizens celebrated by converging on their famous old Dong Song market place. The city's largest market, Dong Song had been closed for a long time as a precaution against the United States' bombing raids.
On January 25, the market reopened - a long awaited event in Hanoi and one that was broadcast over Hanoi radio. In the dark hours before dawn, men, women and children began to gather at the market place, ready to take their place in the rush with ration cards - still required for clothing items.
Dong Song is a huge market, and it sells almost every commodity sought after by the housewives of Hanoi. Closed since October last year, its facilities have been sadly missed. Reopened, it became overnight a symbol that a ceasefire really was on the way. Its lunch counters and drinks counters, too, were open again after months of closure - a sure indication that the bombing had stopped.