Yuliia V.

Ho Chi Minh City

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh

Ben Thanh Market in Ho Chi Minh City (Cho Ben Thanh, or Ben Thanh Market) is located almost in the very center of the city. Of the more than 170 major markets of the former Saigon, Ben Thanh is in first place in popularity. The market has the shape of a square, divided by two large cross-shaped galleries. In addition to the four main entrances, located on the cardinal points, there are smaller side ones (16 in total). Above the main entrance (south gate) rises a tower with a clock. Opposite the main entrance is a beautiful mini-square with a statue depicting the famous Vietnamese politician, poet and commander Tran Nguyen Han. At the beginning of the 15th century, he fought against the conquerors from China and was the first to come up with the idea of sending pigeons with reports. Trade here is carried out in two shifts. During the day there is a huge assortment, but the prices are quite high. Toward evening, the so-called "night market" opens. The choice becomes smaller, but there is an opportunity for more profitable purchases. Nobody trades here at night. Rather, it is an evening market. In the center of the covered market there is a large area occupied by shops with industrial goods and a food court offering a huge selection of food and drinks. The eateries and cafes located here attract not only tourists - there are also enough local residents there. And if you are not afraid of iron / plastic chairs, a metal tray instead of a table, standing food, hustle and noise - welcome. The variety of Asian fast food presented here is amazing. Fragrant hot soups, amazing and unusual desserts... It's easy to make a choice - in most cases, the menu is duplicated in English. #hochiminh #vietnam #market




Posted: 20 Jan 2022
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