Ben Thanh market

The Market Ben Thanh Ho Chi Minh, whose Vietnamese name is Cho Ben Thanh (Chợ Ben Thanh) also known as the Saigon market, is the tourist shopping place par excellence of the Ho Chi Minh City, to the South of Vietnam.

Ben Thanh market
Ben Thanh market

This tourist spot is located in the heart of the city, in District 1 of Ho Chi Minh City, specifically the Ben Thanh market is located at the end of the shopping street Le Loi (Le Loi in Vietnamese) and the beginning of the Le Lai Street)

You can find a lot of souvenirs and local products sold here. Price is highly inflated, and you have to bargain extremely hard. They also have a night market there, opening from 6pm till 10pm. Not sure if the night market is still in operating now. Food, souvenirs, handcrafts are sold, and it is really nice experience of Ho Chi Minh local life.


Ben Thanh Market (from Vietnamese Ben meaning “wharf”, and Quy Thanh meaning “turtle citadel”) is a big marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, viet nam, in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.


The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Dinh citadel in 1859 (see Citadel of Saigon). This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon’s largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Ben Thanh Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.


Apart from being a major hub for the network of city buses serving Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is planned to be a hub for several lines of the planned Ho Chi Minh City Metro; Line 1, already under construction, would connect Ben Thanh with Suoi Tien Park and Long Binh in District 9. Other lines would connect Ben Thanh with Tham Luong in District 12[3], and with Cho Lon and Binh Tan District.

Ben Thanh market

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