How To Explore Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam


If you are looking for some local experience in Vietnam, you should not miss out on the local markets where you can see the daily life and trading of many Vietnamese in a traditional way. Ben Thanh Market is one of the busiest local markets in Ho đưa ra Minh city that you should visit lớn enjoy famous Vietnamese foods and siêu thị for lovely souvenirs. You will be definitely amazed by plenty of colorful kiosks where they sell food, gifts, clothes, & thousands of other items here.

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How khổng lồ Get lớn Ben Thanh Market

The market is on a block surrounded by 4 streets: Le Loi, Phan Chu Trinh, Le Thanh Ton, & Phan Boi Chau. You should be able to lớn recognize it instantly, a big yellow building at Quach Thi Trang Roundabout. It will be a 4-minute ride or 10-minute walk from the Independence Palace.

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Ben Thanh Market Opening Hours

5 AM - 11 PMFrom Monday lớn Sunday

At dawn, most of the shops inside Ben Thanh Market close, but it is time for the eateries to mở cửa and serve delicious dishes for the locals và visitors on the outside. So whether you visit the market day or night, you can still find something khổng lồ treat your stomach.

History of Ben Thanh Market


Ben Thanh Market is one of the oldest markets in Ho chi Minh City. It had appeared before the French invaded Saigon (former name of Ho đưa ra Minh City), built at the beginning of the 17th century for small traders to lớn exchange their goods on Ben Nghe River’s bank, next to lớn a harbor near Gia Dinh Citadel. The port was where many travelers or people who worked in the military were dropped off before coming into the citadel, & thus, it was called “Ben Thanh” (“ben” means “harbor,” và “thanh” means “citadel”). Và the market near it is also associated with the name Ben Thanh Market.

In the year 1870, the French Government called this place Les Halles Centrales (The Central Market). Then, in 1911, the market building became old and on the edge of collapsing, so it was officially moved to lớn a new building in the present location at Quach Thi Trang Roundabout.

Ben Thanh Market Map


Ben Thanh Market is in downtown Ho đưa ra Minh City, where many office buildings và trading centers are located. All sides of the market are surrounded by four big roads. The main front or Southside is on Le Loi Street/Quach Thi Trang Roundabout, the North on Le Thanh Ton, the East on Phan Boi Chau, và the West on Phan Chau Trinh.


Southside (Le Loi Street)

Locals and visitors who have come khổng lồ Ho bỏ ra Minh city are familiar with the big clock tower on top of the market. The clock tower is the iconic symbol of Ben Thanh Market because it is huge và put on the main entrance of the market where people can easily see it even when they just pass by. On the left & the right of the big entrance, there are two small gates right next khổng lồ it và two others on the far end of the front side.

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At first sight, when entering the big entrance, visitors are usually attracted by rows of colorful textiles and clothing. If you are looking for Ao dẻo materials, you are in the right place. From plain cloth lớn cloth with embroidery & patterns, you may get lost in the choices. But the sellers should help you choose a suitable one. Besides, there is also a wide range of clothing for you to lớn choose from when coming to lớn the Ben Thanh Market such as T-shirts, shirts, và pants, making lovely gifts for your Vietnam trip. The price range is commonly from VND 100,000 to lớn VND 200,000.


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Eastside (Phan Boi Chau Street)


There are 6 gates on this side of the market. When going inside the market through these entrances, you can find a lot of packaged foods, which are usually Vietnamese specialties. They sell candied fruits, a must-try for any sweet tooth, coffee beans, tea, fish sauce, and other spices. Besides these stalls, you can also see many dried goods lượt thích roasted peanuts và dried fish, squid, & shrimp. These dried seafood are very popular in Vietnam because they can be stored for a long time and also create unique flavors to lớn dishes.


On the left side of the East entrances, next to the ranges of clothing, there are many stores for cosmetics and shining jewelry. Cosmetics are very various; they are not only domestic products but also imported items.

Northside (Le Thanh Ton Street)


The first thing you notice when coming into Ben Thanh Market through this entrance is a variety of fish and meats. You will see many locals come here to shop for ingredients to lớn cook their lunch & dinner. There are also places selling processed foods, flowers, Vietnamese fruits, Vietnamese herbs, và vegetables along with a range of fish & meat stalls. If you are a tín đồ of tropical produce like mangoes, mangosteen, jackfruit, và sweetsop, you won’t be disappointed coming to Ben Thanh Market.

But perhaps in this area, the eateries are the place keeping not only visitors but also the locals the longest. They sell typical Vietnamese foods here like Pho, broken rice, Bun thit nuong, Banh beo (water fern cake), grilled seafood, and some sweet desserts like Che as well. The price is also quite reasonable.d


Westside (Phan Chu Trinh Street)

There are stalls for gifts, art, and ceramics inside this entrance. Many visitors find the handmade crafts and artworks here like statues and accessories very amusing and always take pictures of these things. They would be interesting souvenirs khổng lồ remind you about your Vietnam trip years later.


You can also find in this area many shops selling shoes for men, women, and children. Besides, there are ranges of appliances & daily necessity stalls where many locals come to siêu thị for their homes và family.

Interesting Facts About Ben Thanh Market

Most of the shops & stalls inside Ben Thanh Market are owned by Vietnamese people, & the sellers are also Vietnamese. However, the main language in Ben Thanh Market is not Vietnamese. Many of the sellers can make basic conversations in two or more languages khổng lồ invite foreigners into their shops. Ben Thanh Market is the oldest market but it is also one of the most modern and organized markets in the center of Ho chi Minh City. It is well equipped with neon lights, fans on the walls, and tiled floors khổng lồ enhance shoppers" experience.

Conclusion on Vietnamese Markets: Ben Thanh Market

If you want to explore Ho đưa ra Minh City, you should visit Ben Thanh Market. It is a bit of a mix of modern và traditional Vietnamese local markets. Many items are sold here, from fresh produces, processed foods, eateries, lớn fashion, cosmetics, & even luxury goods. You will find many local shoppers here, but you also might pump in many other fellow travelers from all over the world when going around this market.

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