Ben Thanh Market (Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam)

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Ben Thanh Market has long been associated with Saigon people, many tourists love and choose special items that are not sold at any market. Discover Ben Thanh market with us to see what this place sells to get information about items in the market for visitors a meaningful trip.

Where is Ben Thanh Market?

Ben Thanh market is located in Cua Nam, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. The main gate of Ben Thanh Market is Cua Nam, overlooking Quach Thi Trang square with a three-sided clock tower symbol.

  1. Cua Bac is on Le Thanh Ton street.
  2. Cua Dong is located on Phan Boi Chau street.
  3. West gate is located on Phan Chu Trinh street.

Usually, the clock tower located at the main gate is considered the main symbol of the market
Operation time: The market started to operate from 4am

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Ben Thanh market is located in Cua Nam, Ben Thanh ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh market architecture

The market was formed before the French set foot in Gia Dinh land (old Saigon), located next to Ben Nghe river, at a station near Quy village (Gia Dinh citadel), so it was named Ben Thanh.

By 1911, the French colonial government decided to move this market to its current location, at that time it was a swampy pond. The market was constructed from 1912 until the end of March 1914 to complete and operate until now.

What is Ben Thanh market selling?

Ben Thanh Market is considered to be the largest retail market in the sense that it can be found in all kinds of products, from popular to high-end, especially food items of selected type. The market has about 1450 stalls and 6000 small traders, averaging about 10,000 visitors per day, weaving through booths, watching all kinds of Vietnamese products.

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A product in Ben Thanh market

Visitors can find everything here, from tiny souvenirs to traditional costumes. Here not only welcomes tourists but also locals who live in Saigon to shop. Commodities here are very diverse, from exports, processed goods to high-end products. Food quality standards, seasonal fruits and vegetables also, imported fruits, fresh seafood, abalone specialties, micro-fish, sea cucumbers ... are not missing.

It can be said that there is no market in Vietnam that attracts high-density and multinational tourists like Ben Thanh Market. One of the reasons why Ben Thanh market is always bustling is due to its central location and Ben Thanh brand name. Visitors, tourists, especially overseas Vietnamese, foreigners ... have come to Saigon, they like to visit Ben Thanh market, because it is a typical cultural feature of Saigon people. Most travel companies, travel agencies ... in and out of the country take Ben Thanh market into their tours

Ben Thanh Market at night

Ben Thanh Market is also very lively at night, starting at 7:00 pm, more than 170 stalls are opened next to the two streets Phan Boi Chau and Phan Chu Trinh at the market with fine art, souvenir, clothes and food stalls with different types of barbecue, street food, seafood and beer.

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Ben Thanh Market at night

Every night, the market welcomes about 1,000 visitors to visit, eat and shop. As the number of tourists is increasing, in order to attract more visitors, the city government has improved the security situation, improved the quality of goods and attitudes of sellers to satisfy customers' needs.


Remember, always bargain when buying goods at Ben Thanh market. However, some items will be strictly fixed price.

The principle of bargaining at Ben Thanh market is to pay 1/3 and sometimes 1/5 of the original price. Don't be afraid to be miserable, because if you don't bargain, you will be disadvantaged.

Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Address: Phan Boi Chau, District 1
More information: Central
Opening hours: All hours
Entrance fee: Free

Note: You can visit Ben Thanh Market in our Vietnam tours.

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