For many people, especially Saigonese, Ben Thanh is a so popular market. However, this market owns many interesting things that are little known. With a bustling space from day till night, Ben Thanh market is considered a symbol of Saigon and an ideal destination for not only international visitors but also local people. Walking around, shopping and exploring Ben Thanh market has long been an integral part of Saigon tours. After that, we will together explore interesting things of Ben Thanh market.
A market with long history
Ben Thanh market owns ancient styles of architecture and is regarded as one of the most attractive tourist attractions in Saigon. Built in 1870, Ben Thanh market was originally named Les Halles Centrales before being renamed Ben Thanh in 1912. Going through the ups and downs, Ben Thanh is now one of the oldest historic markets in Saigon.
The most favorable location
Ben Thanh market is located at one of the most important location in the city, the intersection of Ham Nghi with Tran Hung Dao. This location is favorable for good exchanges and commercial activities. Ben Thanh market has four main doors including Cua Nam, or Southern Gate (main door) overlooking Quach Thi Trang Square; Cua Bac, or Northern Gate on Le Thanh Ton street; Cua Dong, or Eastern Gate on Phan Boi Chau street and Cua Dong, or Western Gate on Phan Chu Trinh street.
The most modern market in Saigon
Ben Thanh market is not only a cultural symbol of Saigon but also the place you can find almost everything, from daily appliances to rare things such as food, clothing, jewelry, spices, souvenirs and electrical devices.
From 7 p.m, the shops inside the market close while the stores at three directions of East, West and North start to open. This is the time when Ben Thanh market turns into a charming night market. The food stores give you many choices like baked food, seafood, beer and other specialties.
Top of the most popular markets in the world
Ben Thanh market is a familiar address with foreign visitors. Last year, Ben Thanh market was listed among 15 best markets in the world by USA Today. Ben Thanh market is also where famous chefs around the world come to choose fresh food and discover Vietnamese cuisine. In addition to the diversity of commodities, Ben Thanh market is preferred by the good service.
A symbol of Saigon
If you are curious what the Saigon people eat, wear or use every day, you simply come here to find out the answer. And if you are a shopping lover, this is a suggestion for you. From clothes, shoes, bags, jewelry to kitchen equipment, grocery, sweet food. All the things for the Saigon people’s daily life can be found here. Moreover, foreign tourists can learn a lot about local life and gain considerable experience for shopping in Vietnam.
If having an occasion to visit Ben Thanh market, you should spend time enjoy delicious food here such as Hanoi pho, Hue steamed rice cake, hủ tiếu My Tho (My Tho rice noodles), chả giò (fried sausage) and rice vermicelli. Additionally, it is suggested to buy some things as gifts like souvenir, silk, handicraft, embroidered painting and brocade.