old market saigon

Old market Ton That Dam – Saigon attraction 


Located in the center of District 1 among the high-rise buildings is an existing small market called Ton That Dam market.



For Saigon people and even small traders who have been trading here for a long time, people do not call it Ton That Dam market but the “Old Market” or “Rich market”. The reason they called it “Rich market” is because in the past usually the people with the hight income do shopping here.


Nowaday, the price tag here is the same with other traditional markets


( Some local man takes advantage to play chest when their wifes go for shopping )


This market is one of our stops during a bike tour in Vietnam. In many documents about old Saigon, the authors informed that Cho Cu was located in the center of waterway transportation through canals in the 19th century, around Cho Cu, there were many trading establishments of Chinese, Vietnamese, and Indians. Since 1910, canals in the city were gradually filled up to become roads, the role of Old Market in the economy gradually decreased until there was Cho Moi (present-day Ben Thanh market) in 1914.

( on the back of the old market)


( a lady í selling pork meat in the Old Market)

They also serve delicious street food


Currently, traders in the market are worried about the possibility that the market will be closed due to the requirements of modernizing the city. After two years of stagnation in the market because of the epidemic, they now do not know what the market will be like in the future, which has caused many small traders here to worry.