Located in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market which has become the biggest symbol of Saigon tourists can not miss when visiting the amazing city. Not just a place of business, nearly a hundred years ago, and this market has become a witness history changes the vicissitudes of the city. Furthermore, the market is also the economic face speaking of the development of the largest commercial city in the country and the center of reconciliation between old and new Saigon.
In recent years, Ben Thanh Market is an indispensable sight for any tour to Ho Chi Minh City. When visiting the market, besides finding and buying the goods or souvenirs but also you can find in it a separate image, a typical personality expressed in the daily activities of a city where the market is the most obvious. Formed before the French set foot in this land, the original market was located along the Ben Nghe River, at a dock near Quy (Gia Dinh) so it has called Ben Thanh. By 1911, the French colonial government decided to move the market to its present location, then a swampy pond. The market was started from 1912 until the end of March 1914 to complete and operate continuously since then until now. Ben Thanh market is considered as the largest retail market in the sense that it can find in this place all kinds of goods, from the popular to high-grade, especially the most selective food. Therefore, you can find all things which you need in the market such as onions, peppers, vegetables, fish, all kinds of seasonal fruits, to candy, cloth, shoes, bags, electronics, souvenirs and etc. Ben Thanh Market has a total area of 13,056m², average daily pick up about 10,000 visitors to visit. The market has 1,437 stalls, 6,000 small businesses, 11 businesses, with four main doors and 12 side doors radiate in four directions.
The south gate (overlooking Quach Thi Trang Square) with the symbol of the three-sided clock tower is the main gate; inside the cage is the place to sell the goods and dry food. The North Gate (on Le Thanh Ton Street) is splendid with fresh flower stalls and fruit inviting passersby. The east gate (Phan Boi Chau Street) attracts customers with colorful cosmetics and candy. West Gate (Phan Chu Trinh Street) is a place to attract women because of the diversity of styles and sizes of shoes, fine art items, and souvenirs. In addition, along the corridors surrounding the cage home market are the booths selling all kinds of consumer goods for tourists, especially souvenirs, ready-made clothes, silk fabrics, handmade art, embroidery, and brocade.
Furthermore, when talking about Ben Thanh Market, tourists can not miss street foods in there with a lot of types of foods and different price. Therefore, while visiting the market, you can enjoy traditional foods of Vietnam in there. In addition, at the end of January 2012, Ben Thanh Market has been named as one of the 10 most popular street food destinations in the world by the Food and Wine Magazine, which is a powerful affirmation of that richness. Ben Thanh Market is also very vibrant at night, starting at 7 pm, 178 stalls flowing into Phan Boi Chau Street and Phan Chu Trinh Street with its art stalls, souvenirs, clothes and special.