Behind The Clock Tower Of Ben Thanh Market Saigon

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Secret Ben Thanh Market Shrine

Ben Thanh Market (Cho Bến Thành) is a large tourist marketplace in central Hồ Chí Minh City (Saigon), Vietnam. The market is located in District 1 and it is famous for its' knock off apparel, food court, night market and fresh food market. Constructed in 1870 by the French, the market was initially called Les Halles Centrales before being renamed Ben Thanh in 1912. The iconic clock tower at Ben Thanh Market is one of Ho Chi Minh City's most recognized sight.

Most tourists who visit this market are not aware about the secret temple located behind the clock tower. This small temple located 1 floor up from the main market is where vendors come to pray for a prosperous day. The following is a visual guide about this temple and how you can visit it.

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Inside The Secret Shrine At Ben Thanh Market

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Aerial View Of The Ben Thanh Marketplace:

The top level of the secret Ben Thanh Market temple provides a great vantage point for observing the market activity:

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How To Get To The Ben Thanh Market Temple – Visual Directions

The following is a visual guide on how to get to the secret temple starting from the main entrance located by the Ben Thanh Market roundabout:

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Make a left at “Shop 132”:

Then make another left here:


One last left turn will lead to the first set of stairs.  Climb these stairs all the way to the top to reach the temple.

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