Location: Ben Thanh Market is situated at
the intersection of Le Loi Avenue, Ham Nghi Avenue, Tran Hung Dao Avenue and Le
Lai Street, 700m south-west of the Rex Hotel.
Characteristics: At first, the market was situated near the Ben Nghe
River Dike. After being moved many times, it is now standing in the centre of
the city where consumers can conveniently find all sorts of products.
According to Vuong Hong Sen, author of "the book Saigon of the Past", in 1912,
the French filled a pond, the Boresse, into a solid foundation of 12,000mï¿½ and
built a market on it. The market was close to a landing stage (Ben) of the old
city (Thanh), hence its name of Ben Thanh. The opening ceremony for the market
in March 1914 was a big festive event. At present, the front of Ben Thanh Market
faces Quach Thi Trang Square; its rear faces Le Thanh Ton Street; its right,
Phan Chu Trinh Street and its left, Phan Boi Chau Street. At all of its four
sides, there are bustling trading shops. Located at the centre of the city, Ben
Thanh Market is always loaded with varieties of goods, such as consumer goods,
cakes and candies, food and foodstuff, and particularly high-quality fruit and
vegetables. Goods are displayed in a very attractive way that always catches the
eyes of the buyers. They meet all requirements for the customers' daily life or
for their families. The market has four gates that are very convenient for the
market-goers. For all of its advantages, Ben Thanh Market is one of the most
attractive tourist sites in the city for both domestic and foreign visitors.