Binh Tay Market Saigon (also known as Cho Lon Moi or “New Big” Market) was sponsored & built by Mr. Quach Dam (also known as Thong Hiep), a Chinese from Trieu Chau region in China, in 1928 and then donated to the city government at that time. The market was put into operation in 1930 and is now one of the largest markets in Ho Chi Minh City.
I - What is Binh Tay Market address?
The main entrance to this market is located at No.57A Thap Muoi Street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. It covers an area of 25,000 m2 situated among 4 streets including Thap Muoi Street - Le Tan Ke Street - Phan Van Khoe Street - Tran Binh Street.
If traveling here by bus, you can refer to bus routes number: 01, 07, 10. 25, 39, 101 (visit https://map.busmap.vn/hcm for more details).
If traveling by private vehicle to Binh Tay Market Ho Chi Minh City, you can park your car at the parking lot in front of the entrance to the market.
If you have any problems, you can contact the market's Management Board:
- Address: No.24 Nguyen Huu Than street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
- Hotline: 028 85 56 130
II - Architecture of Binh Tay Market Saigon
The market has Asian-style architecture but is based on French techniques. Looking from above, the market looks outstanding with mossy red yin and yang tiles and walls painted in nostalgic yellow. The main gate of the market is located on Thap Muoi Street, designed in the form of a tower, similar to the architecture of Vietnamese temples. The tower has 4 sides, each side is fitted with a large clock, similar to Ben Thanh Market.
Binh Tay Market Saigon from a distance - Source: Internet
The front of the tower has a blue crockery bas-relief, inlaid with "two dragons adorning a precious stone". On the roof corner and on the top of the tower are decorated with embossed dragons. At the 4 corners of the market are 4 small huts with curved roofs in the style of oriental pagodas. One of the most unique features of this market is a spacious and airy courtyard with an altar and statue of Mr. Quach Dam - the man who built the market, in the middle of the market. Around there is a lotus pond, a statue of a unicorn, a dragon spraying water, and a few stone chairs for guests to rest.
III - What to do in Binh Tay Market Ho Chi Minh City?
Note: The market operates from 7am - 6pm. The early morning is the most bustling and busy time.
1 - Shopping in the market
There are more than 30 types of items and over 2,300 stalls of small traders in the market. Typical items in the market include spices, ready-made clothes, leather goods, jewelry, jams, and confectionery... In which, the areas that tourists are most interested in are probably the area selling Vietnamese souvenirs (conical hats, paintings, cards, ..) and the food area (bun mam, broken rice, pha lau,...). Just walking through the stalls and watching the things around are interesting experiences.
2 - Binh Tay Market food to try
Market food - Source: Internet
Coming here, you encounter countless stalls selling local specialties and many attractive dishes at very affordable prices. Food at the market is very diverse, which can be mentioned as porridge, noodles, duck noodles with medicinal herbs, vermicelli, broken rice, Vietnamese che... The food area is concentrated in the area adjacent to the market and Phan Van Khoe Street.
3 - Exploring Binh Tay Night Market
In practice, these are just street stalls sold on the streets near the market at night. After 7 pm every night, street stalls and roadside eateries begin to "light up and welcome customers". The bright red lanterns, the red signs also make the atmosphere around the market at night become "hotter" than ever. In Binh Tay Night Market, there are many items for sale in this special market, including clothes, jewelry, shoes, fruits,... The highlight of this night market is probably the street vendors. The place is always full of smoke and the smell of food. You can try dishes such as mixed rice paper, papaya salad, vermicelli, grilled beef, fried fish balls, …
IV - What are the best hotels near Binh Tay Market Saigon?
Hotels near market - Source: Internet
Staying near the market is an ideal way to explore the history, culture, and cuisine of the Chinese people in Ho Chi Minh City. Some top-rated hotels near the market:
Trung Mai Hotel
- Address: No.785 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 11, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: 028 3855 2101
- Room rate: from 300,000 VND/night ($12.8)
Sao Mai Hotel
- Address: No.896 Nguyen Trai Street, Ward 14, District 5, Ho Chi Minh City
- Phone number: 028 3855 7364
- Room rate: from 250,000 VND/night ($10.7)
Hotel Luxury Hau Giang
- Address: No.28 Hau Giang Street, Ward 2, District 6, Ho Chi Minh City
- Room rate: from 500,000 VND/night ($20.5)
Binh Tay Market Saigon with a long history and unique architecture is attracted by its nostalgia and is always on the list of the best tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. This market will be an ideal place to visit and experience the local life and have a taste of the local specialties & dishes.