The over 60-year-old Tan Binh Market has been a popular places for Saigon people to buy good and cheap wedding dresses and suits, wedding accessories and supplies for over half of a century. In addition, the market is one of the center of trading clothes and accessories at wholesale and retail. Located less than 6 km from District 1, Tan Binh Market is one of the best choices of Vietnamese and foreign visitors to buy great items at reasonable prices.
General information about Tan Binh Market
Location: 172 Ly Thuong Kiet Street, Ward 6, Tan Binh District, Ho Chi Minh City. It is about 5.5 km from Ben Thanh Market which is considered the city center. The market is surrounded by Ly Thuong Kiet, Le Minh Xuan, Tan Tien and Phu Hoa Streets. More and more shops on these streets open for business, create an area specializing in clothes, fabrics and wedding costumes and accessories.
Opening hours: 5:00 AM: open for animal, meat, poultry, seafood, vegetable area | 6:00 AM: open for all stores, kiosks, shops | 6:00 PM: close
History of Tan Binh Market
A small market was established in 1960 next to the crossroads of Ly Thuong Kiet and Le Minh Xuan Streets. Vendors at two open-air markets in Tan Son Nhat Market and Bay Hien Crossroads have moved to Tan Binh Market since 1977. The market was named Nguyen Van Thoai.
The market was upgraded and extended in order to meet the increasing trade volumes. From 1982 to 1985, the building of the market was constructed and has become one of the biggest shopping centers in Ho Chi Minh City. The market has been operated by the People Committee of Tan Binh District since 1990. Today, it is officially called Tan Binh Market.
Building and Architecture of Tan Binh Market
Tan Binh Market has 9 gates including 4 main gates and 5 smaller gates. The main entrance is located on Ly Thuong Kiet Street. The market has a total area of 22,800 m2 and a spacious parking lot.
The facade painted in brown and light orange and semi-circle decorations of Tan Binh Market represents the ancient design while the glass cells in rectangular, diamond or triangular shapes make it modern. A square clock is placed at the top center of the facade. The name of Tan Binh Market is placed on top of the building so that it can be seen from a far distance. The canopies are in dark brown orange and a rectangular shape. Triangular roofs can be seen from behind the building.
What does Tan Binh Market sell?
Tan Binh Market has about 3,000 vendors selling everything including jewelry, electronic products, fresh and dried foods. The market specializes in wedding costumes and accessories, ready-to-wear clothing and fabrics which are sold at wholesale and retail. Every day, the market is crowded with customers who would like to buy items at retail and owner of fashion stall, shops in Saigon and other regions come to choose sample products. Packages of the items are shipped to their stores later by trucks or motorbikes. Similar to other markets in Saigon, Tan Binh Market also sells fresh foods, dried foods, prepared foods and drinks.
Wedding costumes and accessories
Coming to Tan Binh Market, customers are lost in the land of beautiful dresses and Ao Dai decorated with beards, flowers, embroidered items and lovely wedding accessories and supplies. The products include wedding dresses, wedding suits in Western styles, traditional wedding Ao Dai, “mấn” headband, ties, bows, artificial wedding bouquets, boutonnière or wedding flowers, etc. Wedding costumes for not only brides and grooms but also the brides and grooms’ family and guests. The fashion products for adult including the elderly and children.
Some stores sell ready-to-wear and tailor-made wedding dresses and Ao Dai. These stores are located on the other side of Ly Thuong Kiet Street and Le Minh Xuan Street. In the market, there is an area where they sell both wedding costumes and accessories. Most of the products are made in Vietnam, some are made in China and other countries. Prices at Tan Binh Market are cheaper than at bridal salons and wedding costume tailors because they save the cost by making a large number of costumes at the same time and buying materials at wholesale.
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Stores on Tan Tien Street specialize in fabrics sold at retail and wholesale. Big rolls of fabrics made in Vietnam, Thailand, Taiwan, China, Korea, Japan, Italy and many other countries are abundant inside and in front of the stores. At the stores, visitors can see many scales used to weigh the fabrics.
Ready-to-wear clothing is a big part of the market. More than one hundreds of stores in the building, on Le Minh Xuan Street and neighboring streets sell different kinds of clothes and accessories. Customers can choose some from countless trousers, pants, tank tops, blouses, shirts, T-shirts, dresses, skirts, house clothes. Fashion products are made in Vietnam and other countries, the quality is rather good.
Underwears, socks, eyewears, jewelry, luggages, bags, backpacks, toys are also sold at the market.
The food area at the back of the market sells prepared meals, fresh and dried foods. Most of the prepared foods are Vietnamese traditional foods including steamed rice and main dishes, noodle soups, traditional cakes. Drink stalls sell iced tea – the cheapest drink in Vietnam, Vietnamese coffee, soft drinks and juices. Customers of the food areas are workers, vendors and residents in the area. Dried foods, sauces, fermented foods, vegetables, meat, seafood are also sold in this area.
Fruits and flowers
Some fruit and flower shops and stalls are around the market’s building.
Local life at Tan Binh Market
Tan Binh Market is not only a place to go shopping but also to learn more about the real local life which could not be seen at luxury shopping centers in Ho Chi Minh City. Workers are poor people who are from Saigon or other regions in Vietnam. Their lives are simple and they must work hard but smiles are always on their faces.