Ben Thanh market

Ben Thanh Market (from Vietnamese Ben meaning “wharf”, and Quy Thanh meaning “turtle citadel”) is a big marketplace in the downtown area of Ho Chi Minh City, viet nam, in District 1. The market is one of the earliest surviving structures in Saigon and today is considered one of symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, popular with tourists seeking local handicrafts, textiles, áo dài, and souvenirs, as well as local cuisine.


The market developed from informal markets created by early 17th century street vendors gathering together near the Saigon River. The market was formally established by the French colonial powers after taking over the Gia Dinh citadel in 1859 (see Citadel of Saigon). This market was destroyed by fire in 1870 and rebuilt to become Saigon’s largest market. In 1912 the market was moved to a new building and called the New Ben Thanh Market to distinguish over its predecessor. The building was renovated in 1985.


Apart from being a major hub for the network of city buses serving Ho Chi Minh City, Ben Thanh Market is planned to be a hub for several lines of the planned Ho Chi Minh City Metro; Line 1, already under construction, would connect Ben Thanh with Suoi Tien Park and Long Binh in District 9. Other lines would connect Ben Thanh with Tham Luong in District 12[3], and with Cho Lon and Binh Tan District.

8 Reviews of Ben Thanh market

Ho Chi Minh City (HCMC) most touristic market!

If you are in the mood for shopping, do not miss the Ben Thanh Market. Centrally located and popular with tourists, it sells everything from fake Nike shoes to silk ao dai.This is one of the best places to pick up…

It’s in there somewhere!

The Ben Thanh Market has been operating since 1914. It is in the center of town and takes up a whole block. Whatever you want, you can probably find it. There are lots of souvenirs, but also things the local people…

Walking aroud is interesting too!

Ben Thanh Market is one of the most famous market in Vietnam, like Dong Xuan market in Hanoi or Dong Ba market in Hue or Han market in Da Nang.After the tour in the market, you also can tour around, there is a lot of…

And everything you may need. . .

There arte of course not only flowers and fruits at Ben Thanh, you can find many souvenirs sellers, and there are of course all the goods people need for every day life; stacks and stacks of clothes, great choice…

Initially called Les Halles Centrales

Believe it or not, even though you have spent years shopping at several malls and commercial centers that shopping has become a boring and ordinary task to you, exploring an Asian market is always an exhilarating…

Opening Hours

Ben Thanh Market is located just opposite of the round-about of the bus interchange. This market sells almost anything and everything and the best part of it is it is really cheap to get those items. Items such as…


Ben Thanh night market

Have you ever wondered how fast a 100m-long street can become an outdoor night market? If so, head down to Phan Boi Chau or Phan Chu Trinh at around 18:00 to watch the literal mad dash of vendors setting up their…

Be carefull at Ben Thanh Market

I just wanna warn you that be carefull esp a woman who travel alone in HCMC at Ben Thanh Market. I have a bad experience when I went there with a cyclo driver he called himself as Mr.Chang. At the back gate of BTM he…

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