MARKETS IN HO CHI MINH CITY

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Ho Chi Minc City is a churning, vibrant cauldron of sights, sounds and (usually) delicious smells. Its markets are possibly the best example of the city’s frenetic atmosphere. Here’s Culture Trip’s guide khổng lồ the most interesting, expansive sầu & downright cool markets in Vietnam’s largest metropolis.




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From dawn until the small hours of the morning, Saigon’s citizens come to markets khổng lồ siêu thị for delectable sweets & pastries, sumptuous fabrics & fresh produce. On land, underground or floating on the water, Ho Chi Minc City’s markets are an unmissable example of Vietnamese daily life, and well worth paying a visit, whether you’re shopping for beautiful flowers, freshwater crabs or just taking in the sights.


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Ben Tkhô cứng Market is aước ao the largest & most historic markets in the country, và one of the oldest surviving structures in Ho Chi Minh City. People have been trading on its grounds since the 17th century.Under French colonial rule, the market building was first constructed & opened under the name Les Halles Centrales. Following a fire in the early-20th century, it was renamed Ben Thanh hao, which roughly translates lớn “Wharf Citadel”. Its famous southern entrance is watched over by a soaring White clochồng tower that has remained unchanged for over a century. For a đô thị that saw the ravages of colonial rule and a decade-long war, there aren’t many better places to get a glimpse of the old Saigon.Inside, its vaulted halls are trang chủ lớn hundreds upon hundreds of stalls, with vendors selling everything from school uniforms và umbrellas khổng lồ green tea and engine oil. Ben Tkhô cứng Market covers an impressive sầu 13,000 square meters (139,931 square feet) in the heart of District 1.The great production that is a day at the market begins at around 4am when the first traders start to lớn arrive sầu. If you’re at the southern gate around that time, you can see traders praying at a small temple for prosperity & success in the day’s dealings.If you get lớn the market later in the day, from 6pm onwards, the main halls shut down, and three thriving night markets open up at the building’s northern, eastern and western gates.


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