Hotel Metropole Hanoi Rings In Lunar New Year

Dec. 9, 2016
Metropole Hanoi's traditional Vietnamese market

HANOI, Vietnam — The Sofitel Legend Metropole Hanoi heralds the dawn of the New Lunar Year with a host of unique events, including a traditional Vietnamese market, a dragon dance, and a delicious Tet-inspired menu at Spices Garden.

The three-day Cho Que (country market in Vietnamese) will see the hotel’s open-air courtyard transformed into a bustling Vietnamese “street” market. Some 20 vendors will be dressed in traditional garb, selling special Tet holiday foods and local handicrafts such as conical hats, colourful silks and woven baskets. The market will be gratuit and open to the public from Jan. 19 to 21.

“This Lunar New Year of the Rooster, we really do have something to crow about. From our Vietnamese market, to the food, to the dragon dance we aim to provide our guests with the most authentic Tet experience possible,” said Franck Lafourcade, the hotel’s general manager.

A dragon dance troupe will kick off celebrations on the opening day of the market, while Quan Ho, Vietnamese folk singers, will welcome guests with live musical performances. Along the walkway bordering one side of the hotel, food vendors will serve traditional Vietnamese foods including steaming bowls of pho, bun cha and sweet sugar cane juice.

Over the weekend, visitors will compete to see who will be crowned the best banh chung (traditional sticky rice cake) or top tò he (toy figurines made from glutinous rice powder) maker in town. Competitions for basket weaving and fruit carving will also be held. The winners will be presented with vouchers for the hotel’s delicatessen, L’epicerie du Metropole.

This year, children will also have the chance to learn how to play Vietnamese games including Ô ăn quan (Mandarin squares) and choi chuyen (bamboo jacks), or to have their portraits painted by local artists.

Tet is the most important festival in the Vietnamese calendar, marking the arrival of spring and new beginnings. During the seven-day celebration locals practice an array of customs including cooking traditional foods, cleaning out their homes, donning new clothes, visiting relatives, and giving li xi or lucky money to children.

In keeping with tradition, the Metropole will present guests with lucky red envelopes on Jan. 28, the first day of the Lunar New Year. Throughout Tet, the hotel lobby will be adorned with pink peach blossoms, red paper lanterns, and potted shrubs of kumquats, believed to bring good fortune. Moreover, the handicrafts and art of the mystical highland town of Sapa will be on display throughout the holiday.

A special Tet menu, inspired by authentic Vietnamese family holiday recipes, will be served at Spices Garden from Jan. 16 to 27. Guests can look forward to savouring such seasonal delicacies as Hue rice cakes and pan-fried mini banh chung as well as gourmet imports including Australian veal tenderloin. The set dinner will cost 1.2 million VND.

Visitors should not miss the hotel’s delectable Tet Eve dinner on Jan. 27 for 2.3 million VND, with a vegetarian option also available for 1.55 million VND.

For additional pricing and more information, please contact +84 (0) 4 38266919 or email h1555-fb5@sofitel.com.