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Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in District 1 of Saigon.  The market is one of the most recognizable structures in the city and one of symbols of Saigon or as it is officially known:  Ho Chi Minh City.  The market was set up by the French colonial government in 1912.   Ben Thanh Market is recognizable from its clock tower on the large traffic circle on the south side of the market.  There are several hundred small stalls stuffed with a huge array of goods though many items have no fixed price and vendors always quote higher prices to tourists.  Bargaining is a must.  If the great selection of goods inside Ben Thanh won't do, there's plenty to be had in the surrounding side street shops that is not officially Ben Thanh Market but considered to be so by local Vietnamese shoppers who presume that pricing inside Ben Thanh is aimed at overseas Vietnamese and tourists and consequently higher than Vietnamese normal prices.
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Ben Thanh Market is a large marketplace in District 1 of Saigon. The market is one of the most recognizable structures in the city and one of symbols of Saigon or as it is officially known: Ho Chi Minh City. The market was set up by the French colonial government in 1912. Ben Thanh Market is recognizable from its clock tower on the large traffic circle on the south side of the market. There are several hundred small stalls stuffed with a huge array of goods though many items have no...
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