Ancient markets in a modern Saigon

Established for about 300 years, Ho Chi Minh City (formerly called Saigon) has become a center of business, science, technology, culture, arts and entertainment. However, the city still keeps its quintessential traditional features.

Whenever thinking of Ho Chi Minh City, people not only just imagine a hustling and bustling city, but also know that it owns many traditional ancient markets featuring Vietnamese culture and people. Many of which are listed in Top 100 Most Exciting Things to do in Ho Chi Minh City.

Ben Thanh Market

Built by the Brossard et Maupin Construction Company in 1912. It was earlier called New Market or Saigon Market to distinguish it from Old Market. After 1957, it was renamed Ben Thanh Market.

Ben Thanh Market has four entrances and four segments with a roof clock tower and overlooks four main streets of District 1. At present, the market has more than 3,000 stalls that sell wholesale and retail items from food to luxury goods.

Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market or Cho Lon was donated by a Chinese trader named Guo Dam. Cho Lon is where people of Chinese origin live.

The market was built as per western architecture but with bold Chinese influence. It has a high rise tower and four clock faces. The four corners have four small huts, with roof tiles in yang style overlaid to provide ventilation. In the center of the market stands a statue of Guo Dam. The market only sells goods wholesale.

Tan Dinh Market

Tan Dinh Market was built in 1926 in a classical architectural style and is the City’s historical monument. It is known as a location where cheap scraps of fabric sell.

Soai Kinh Lam Fabric Market

Soai Kinh Lam Fabric Market or Dong Khanh Department Store in Tran Hung Dao Street in District 5 is a big fabric market with nearly 500 stalls.There is an endless selection of silks, suit material, cotton for shirts, and material for curtains, corduroy, tartans, and denim. You can get lots of outrageously bright, highly-patterned material here.The characteristic of the market is that each stall sells a certain kind of material with different colors and designs.

Kim Bien Market

Kim Bien Market was set up in the 1960s in District 5. At first the market organized activities to exchange and sell foreign currencies and commodities used in the army.After Reunification Day on April 30, 1975, traders had to hire a stall in the market to sell commodities such as telephone accessories, computers, sunglasses, cosmetics, toys, labor protective clothing and chemicals used in industry and food processing.