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Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic Binh Tay market to reopen after restoration

Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic Binh Tay market to reopen after restoration

Saturday, October 20, 2018, 19:22 GMT+7
Ho Chi Minh City’s iconic Binh Tay market to reopen after restoration
An aerial view of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

Ho Chi Minh City’s Binh Tay Market, a 90-year-old structure sitting at the heart of the city’s Chinese-Vietnamese community, will reopen next month after nearly a year under complete restoration.

Vendors were able to return to their stalls from October 17, and a makeshift market that was erected nearby as a temporary replacement for Binh Tay Market during its restoration will be officially closed on November 15 to mark its reopening, officials said.

Binh Tay Market was built in 1928, funded by wealthy Chinese merchant Quach Dam, who donated the market to the city administration upon its completion.

Designed by a French architect, Binh Tay Market incorporates both Western and Eastern architectures, with unique multi-layered tile roofs observed in no other markets in the country, according to experts.

Spanning 2.5 hectares in area in District 6, which houses the largest active Chinese-Vietnamese community in Ho Chi Minh City, Binh Tay is one of the region’s largest wholesale market, supplying merchants in southern Vietnam and Cambodia.

It was closed in November 2016 for a comprehensive restoration project that commenced in late 2017.

Incorporating both Western and Eastern architectures, Binh Tay Market is considered among the most beautiful markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Incorporating both Western and Eastern architectures, Binh Tay Market is considered among the most beautiful markets in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

The restoration was the most comprehensive project of this nature done on the market since its construction, with two previous restorations in 1992 and 2006 carried out at a much smaller scale, according to officials.

Works involved replacing damaged fixtures and roofs using the same materials as the originals, re-tiling  the entire ground floor, and adding a new basement level where restrooms, a backup power generator, and a system for treating market wastewater is installed.

A new automatic fire extinguishing system was also installed during the restoration.

All architectural identities of the historical building are left untouched to preserve the market’s design, according to specialists who worked on the project.

With its historical and cultural values, Binh Tay Market was in 2015 listed as a national relic of architecture and arts by the Ho Chi Minh City Monuments Conservation Center.

The market is also popular among visitors to Ho Chi Minh City, offering an immersive taste of Chinese-Vietnamese culture with its over 1,400 stalls selling anything from fabric to fruits and traditional handicrafts.

A clock tower located at the front of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A clock tower located at the front of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Unique multi-layered tile roofs observed at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Unique multi-layered tile roofs observed at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
View of the clock tower as seen from the first floor of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
View of the clock tower as seen from the first floor of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A restoration worker walks inside the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A restoration worker walks inside the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker cleans the clock tower at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A worker cleans the clock tower at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A garden inside the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A garden inside the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man works on a restoration project of Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A man works on a restoration project of Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
An aerial view of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Unique multi-layered tile roofs observed at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Unique multi-layered tile roofs observed at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A dome design seen inside the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A dome design seen inside the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A woman sweeps dust off the newly re-tiled ground floor of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A woman sweeps dust off the newly re-tiled ground floor of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Chinese decorations are seen on the roof of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Chinese decorations are seen on the roof of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A statue of Chinese merchant Quach Dam, who funded construction of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A statue of Chinese merchant Quach Dam, who funded construction of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Market stalls undergo a makeover during the restoration project at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Market stalls undergo a makeover during the restoration project at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A clock tower located at the front of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A clock tower located at the front of the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A damaged decoration is partially restored at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
A damaged decoration is partially restored at the Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers work on a restoration project of Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre
Workers work on a restoration project of Binh Tay Market in District 6, Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre

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