Experience Every ‘nook’ Of Chinatown In Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

Chinatown in Ho Chi Minh City is also known as Cho Lon – This is one of the largest Chinatowns in the world. Besides the beautiful destinations of Saigon such as the Central Post Office, Notre Dame Cathedral or Independence Palace, Chinatown is a must-see place for tourists who want to explore the traditions of Ho Chi Minh City.

Binh Tay Market

Binh Tay Market is the central market of Cho Lon District 6, there is a lot of food inside the market so if you want to be a true local, you must dine here!

What makes Binh Tay market unique is that it was built by a Chinese man named Quach Dam, who was one of the wealthiest landowners in Southern Vietnam in the late 1880s. Because it was built during the period when the French ruled the area, this market features both French and Chinese architecture.

The market has Chinese architecture

Binh Tay market has been home to many wholesale items since its inception, while almost everything is retailed at the lowest price ever. When entering this market, you will find a wide range of fresh fruits, vegetables, poultry, meat, and seafood from all over Vietnam. Binh Tay Market, in addition to the interesting historical and cultural aspects of Cho Lon, is a great place to experience the local lifestyle and sample unique Vietnamese-Chinese delicacies.

Thien Hau Pagoda

Saigon Chinatown is most famous for its many temples, which are symbolically related to most aspects of Chinese religious life. Among hundreds of locations in Cho Lon, Thien Hau is not only the oldest pagoda but also the most famous, attracting many tourists every day.

Thien Hau Pagoda is located in the central area of Cho Lon

This temple was first built by the Cantonese community in the city in 1760. This is where Chinese people meet, gather, and pray for a better future life. In addition, they also crafted the ship ‘Sea Goddess – Ba Thien Hau’ inside this temple.

Thien Hau Pagoda represents a typical Chinese temple with special architecture both outside and inside. Every corner in this holy place has its own meaning and will be truly impressive when you explore it for yourself.

Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street

Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street is the largest and oldest street in the Cho Lon area. Since the late 19th century, the Chinese have established warehouses to store goods transported from the Te canal to shore. They built a neighborhood at the crossroads of Hai Thuong Lan Ong, Trieu Quang Phuc, and Phung Hung. Initially, this was a place where a variety of goods were sold. However, people here have the habit of storing Oriental medicine in their homes in case they get sick. After that, Vietnamese people’s demand for Oriental medicine gradually ‘turned’ this neighborhood into the largest traditional medicine street in Saigon, which is also a special feature of the old town.

Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street

Hai Thuong Lan Ong Street not only has oriental medicine stores crowded with buyers, but there are also many architectural works bearing the cultural and historical imprint of the Chinese people in Saigon.

Hao Si Phuong Alley

Hao Si Phuong is completely separate from the hustle and bustle of Saigon streets. The alley is typical of Hong Kong with unique architectural houses and the simple lifestyle of the Chinese people. During the French colonial period, alleys bearing Chinese culture were often named after their owners. In particular, wards gather workers who work in the same profession or have the same boss. At that time, Hao Si Phuong alley was home to workers who made soap for a boss named Hao Si.

Hao Si Phuong is a special alley of Saigon

Hao Si Phuong Alley is designed in the style of an old apartment building, consisting of two floors with ancient and modern architecture interwoven. The staircase system connecting the floors is very unique, completely different from Vietnamese architecture.