A Walk Through Post-Industrial Holešovice
The Prague Market 2
You are now in one of the largest marketplaces in Prague. Walk straight down the avenue of stalls ahead, with the gate directly behind you.
Historically, this was the town's slaughterhouse, built just over 100 years ago. Now you probably understand why they chose a cow for the statue in front of the gate.
About 90 years later, the place was transformed into the marketplace that you see today. Here you find supermarkets, restaurants and other businesses, but the market is dominated by Vietnamese stalls. Vietnamese citizens form one of the largest immigrant groups in the Czech Republic. For a long time, they were mainly known for their market stalls, selling vegetables, clothes and all kinds of knick-knacks. Regrettably, the Vietnamese have often been disrespected for doing this kind of work. But the situation has slowly changed. Now Vietnamese residents have all sorts of jobs and careers, and their children are even said to speak better Czech then their native Czech classmates.
You may want to browse the market - but don't get lost! Stick to this avenue of stalls. In your own time, make your way down the lane. I'll meet you further along.