The Ministry of Information and Communications has issued a collection of postage stamps on Vietnamese traditional marketplaces, aiming to preserve national cultural identities and promote the image of Vietnam to international friends.
Markets are a common phenomenon worldwide but the cultural specialties of each country give it numerous forms, each boasting its own unique characteristics.
Through time, marketplaces, driven by widespread waves of modernisation, have transformed dramatically and tend to converge at the modern model of giant malls.
The process of international economic integration and globalization, along with the outstanding achievement after 30 years of Doi Moi (reform) that have offered many changes in all aspects of life in Vietnam.
However, traditional customs still prevail and steers most people to traditional markets to do their grocery shopping.
Designed by painter To Minh Trang of the Vietnam Post Corporation, the stamp collection includes three stamps measuring 60 x 25 millimetres. The set features three market types of Vietnam, including a mountain market, a village market and a floating market.
The set is available in public postal network branches across the country through until the end of 2018.Nhan Dan