Binh Tay Market



Binh Tay Market

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The literal translation of cho lon is “big market”, and Binh Tay Market justifies the name. This grand marketplace is a pagoda- style tribute to trade. Originally a small collection of open-air stalls, a Chinese merchant took the initiative to build a permanent structure in 1826. Over time, it evolved into the huge emporium it is today.

This yellow building has four wings joined as a square, with a courtyard and a fountain in the middle. A tall clock tower looms in the center of the complex. Stacked pagoda-like roofs cover the bustle of commerce. Primarily a whole sale market, it is less touristy than Ben Thanh Market. A wide range of items and services are available here, from medicinal herbs and imported Chinese toys, to tailors and mechanics, and even caged birds.

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