The Vietnamese government recently enacted Decree No 24, which essentially shuts down small gold shops and creates a state monopoly where only state-appointed organizations are allowed to trade gold.

http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/gold-bars-to-be-traded-by-state-monopolies-only-1.67544

With the new rules set to take effect in only 6 months, many small gold shops in Vietnam are becoming pawn shops in an effort to escape the decree.

http://www.tuoitrenews.vn/cmlink/tuoitrenews/business/gold-shops-turn-into-pawnshops-to-flout-bullion-ban-1.79735