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Ben Thanh Market

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One of Saigon's most famous landmarks, Ben Thanh market has occupied its present location in the heart of District 1 since 1914. To this day it bustles with activity from early morning until late at night.

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The market has existed since pre-colonial days in different locations. The original market was destroyed by fire in 1869 while the second iteration eventually needed major repairs, making way for construction of a third and final, Ben Thanh’s current location.

We have much stuff. Photo taken in or around Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

We have much stuff. Photo: Cindy Fan

It has obviously grown and evolved since the days when the French called it Les Halles Centrales; it underwent major renovations in 1985. Today it is mainly for tourist consumption, everything you can think of and then some: souvenirs, trinkets, t-shirts, hats, coffee, coffee filters, tea, shoes, purses, snacks, fresh fruit, lanterns, lacquerware, art, dodgy electronics, toys, jewellery, nodding golden cats and bags, so you can haul all your purchases home. Note that most of the clothes and shoes are petite (relative to ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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