Binh Tay Market, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Binthay Market

    by schurman23 Written Oct 1, 2011

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    This is a local market where you can buy a lot of stuffs in wholesale. The problem here is that the place is too crowded and hot inside and the vendors were not speaking in English. If youre into haggling, you can do it better in Ben Than market.

    The guide explained that once there was a life size bronze statue of the Chinese businessman who built and invested in the construction of this market in the center of the Binh Tay that was encircled by four bronze lions, and four bronze dragons. The dragons’ mouths form the opening for the fountain under which the statue of the businessman was standing. The statue was replaced with a smaller glass-altar later, though the four bronze lions and dragons are still there

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    Binh Tay Market

    by JohanIsWeg Written Dec 16, 2008

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    Cho Binh Tay

    Not commonly on the tourist trail, Cho Binh Tay predominantly caters to the local populace shopping for daily staples, wholesale vegetables, groceries or anything else they may require. The variety and quantity of goods is staggering, with shops spilling out into the neighbouring streets.

    Binh Tay is situated in a principally Chinese-style building with inner courtyard. A huge clock tower indicates the main entrance. Expect to get lost among the myriad stores, which is half the fun!

    Look out for the food carts outside the main entrance.

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    Binh Tay Market in Cholon, cheaper than Benh Thanh

    by machomikemd Updated Aug 30, 2007

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    In 1788, a group of Chinese from Pho and My Tho Islands came to Ben Nghe River Dike and founded a market which developed into the existent Binh Thay Market, offering a wide array of products. This is Vietnam’s Chinatown market. It is an attractive site for visitors to observe that lively atmosphere.

    Cholon remains home to more than 500,000 people, many of whom are of Chinese origin. The area and its side-streets and markets provide an interesting glimpse of Sino-Vietnamese life, as the Vietnamese Chinese strive to retain there cultural traditions and language. In addition to temples, traditional apothecaries, fortune tellers and the like, some excellent Chinese food is available in Cho Lon.

    A visit to Ho Chi Minh City's Binh Thay Market reveals the city at its most vibrant, colourful and fun. This mighty market seems to go on for miles, crammed with every possible kind of fruit, vegetable, nut, fish, meat, cigarette, beer and so on. There are cloth shops with every type of silk in every colour and numerous types of cotton, wool and even tweed!

    Fabric shopping in Binh Thay Market is a serious treat and prices are usually wholesale. Give yourself at least an afternoon, if not an entire day, so you can take your time, stop for cold drinks and snacks regularly and avoid becoming hot and bothered!

    The variety of goods here is positively astounding and will give you uncanny glimpses into modern Vietnamese life. Friendly bargaining should save you 20% to 40%, but don't take it too seriously - Vietnamese people very rarely get angry in public and they feel extremely embarrassed if you do.

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    Binh Tay Market...

    by chiabh Written Nov 10, 2004

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    binh tay market...

    Built in 1928, Binh Tay Market is considered the biggest market in Chinatown... dealing in a wide variety of products and goods from the Mekong Delta and fom the other provinces of ther south and the north...

    On the ground floor, there are booths selling fruits, foods and sweets...On the first floor, clothes, cosmetics and other items can be found...

    As this is a local market - not touristic like Ben Thanh Market - the market offers visitors a chance to mix with local vietnamese...

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