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Exploring wet markets along Bus Line 8 in HCMC

By Phuong Ly - Quoc Thinh

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HCMC – Passengers traveling on Bus Line No. 8 can embark on a journey to explore several historic wet markets across different districts in HCMC. These markets include Xom Cui, Nhat Tao, Ba Chieu, and Tan Binh markets.

Bus Line No. 8 runs from District 8 to Vietnam National University HCMC residential area in Thu Duc City. Buses plying this route operate from 4:40 a.m. to 8:30 p.m., with around 345 trips every day.

Xom Cui Market in District 8

Outside Xom Cui Market in District 8

Located on Xom Cui Street, Ward 11, District 8, the Xom Cui Market has a historical association with the sale of firewood for cooking, known as “cui” in Vietnamese. Over time, the market has expanded its offerings beyond firewood and now serves as a comprehensive shopping destination for residents of District 8. Visitors can find a diverse range of goods available at this bustling market.

Bus Stop: Xom Cui Market

Dai Quang Minh Market in District 5

A view of an accessory store inside Dai Quang Minh Market in District 5

The Dai Quang Minh Trading Service Center, commonly referred to as the Dai Quang Minh Market, is situated on Chau Van Liem Street in Ward 14, District 5. It features two main entrances, one accessible from Chau Van Liem Street and the other through a narrow alley connected to Hai Thuong Lan Ong and Tong Duy Tan streets.

Specializing in garment accessories and fashion products, the market is renowned as the go-to destination for accessories in HCMC. With over 600 stalls, the market predominantly engages in wholesale trading, with more than 80% of merchants involved in this sector. The majority of vendors are of Chinese descent, sourcing their goods primarily from China.

Bus Stop: Post Office of District 5

Nhat Tao Market in District 10

Nhat Tao Market in District 10 offers a variety of goods, ranging from microelectronic components to high-end audio and lighting systems

Renowned as the largest center for trading secondhand machinery and electronic components in HCMC, Nhat Tao Market offers a diverse array of goods, ranging from microelectronic components to high-end audio and lighting systems.

A store in Nhat Tao Market

It attracts skilled technicians specializing in electronic repairs, as well as electronics and computer enthusiasts seeking affordable products.

Bus Stop: Nhat Tao Market

Ba Chieu Market in Binh Thanh District

Situated at the intersection of Phan Dang Luu, Le Quang Dinh, and Bach Dang streets, Ba Chieu Market is among the oldest wet markets in HCMC. Visitors are greeted by the traditional layout of merchandise stalls upon entering, with a wide selection of affordable secondhand items and delectable dishes available.

A shoe store at Ba Chieu Market in Binh Thanh District

Many stalls in the market operate from 5 a.m. until late at night, offering a bustling atmosphere for shoppers. However, fashion shops typically close earlier, around 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

Various seafoods are offered at the market

Bus Stop: Ba Chieu Market

Tan Binh Market in Tan Binh District

Originally established in 1960 as a small market at the junction of Ly Thuong Kiet, Le Minh Xuan, Tan Tien, and Phu Hoa streets, Tan Binh Market, also known as the Tan Binh Commercial Center, underwent expansion and renovation after 1975. Today, it primarily focuses on the sale of clothing, attracting traders from various provinces and cities despite the presence of numerous commercial centers.

A view of Tan Binh Market in Tan Binh District
A clothing store inside Tan Binh Market

Bus Stop: Tan Binh Market

Thu Duc Market in Thu Duc City

Thu Duc Market in Thu Duc City

Located on Vo Van Ngan Street, Truong Tho Ward, Thu Duc Market has a rich history dating back to the 17th century. According to documents from the Urban Research and Development Center, in over nearly 400 years, it has undergone multiple expansions and renovations, boasting unique architecture and facade. The market’s northeastern facade features a main entrance and two side entrances adorned with decorative arch lines.

The entire frontage is adorned with a lotus flower motif, with the inscription “Thu Duc Market” atop. On the southwestern facade, there are relatively simple decorations with three rectangular doors.

Bus Stop: Thu Duc Market

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