The antiques are sought after due to their interesting messages and stories in the past. Here are the most appealing spots for domestic and abroad antiques hunters in Ho Chi Minh City.
Le Cong Kieu Street is about 300 meters long, bordered by Pho Duc Chinh and Nguyen Thai Binh streets, filled with more than 40 large and small shops selling antiques from the last century. Each shop here mainly sells only one to two antiques ranging from ceramics, bronze castings to worshiping and household appliances. Beside these, some shops also sell fine arts and large art paintings. The street is busy from about 7:00 am to about 6:00 pm daily when the street lights up. The teapots of the Nguyen Dynasty, the white glazed ceramic cups of the Ly - Tran Dynasties, sandstone statue of Champa God or Mantle lamp, cassettes, and the Indochinese banknotes are all aged. Every day, hundreds of tourists and locals come here to take pictures and carefully select antiques. Antique lovers classify antiques by beautiful designs, unique materials, intactness, especially their ages.
Le Cong Kieu Antique Street, Le Cong Kieu Street, Nguyen Thai Binh Ward, District 1.
Opening hours (Monday to Sunday): 7:00 - 18:00.
The market is located in Cao Minh garden café, located in alley 255/47 No Trang Long, Binh Thanh District. When the morning is just dawning, stall owners gather, and display their products. That’s the origin of the name “Scrap Market”. Locals frequently come here to sip a cup of coffee while enjoying the melodious music, airy garden then wander around the shopping stalls. Visitors can take a slow pace to watch the antiques without being complained.. The vinyl record player, Lai Thieu ceramic teapots, Zippo lighter or a Zenit camera from the Soviet Union can be found here. All the goods at the market are transparent as well as have reasonable prices.
No Trang Long Scrap Market, Alley 255/47, No Trang Long Street, Ward 13, Binh Thanh District.
Opening hours (Sunday): 06:00 - 14:00.
Nhat Tao Market sells both old and new electronic equipment located on Nhat Tao street, just a few hundred meters from Thong Nhat Stadium. Over 20 years of operation, Nhat Tao Market is known as a famous place to trade electronic items and electrical components in the city. Most of the stall owners here are very friendly and helpful, so buyers are free to choose and try the goods with affordable prices. They offer diverse items and cheap prices because they bought outdated equipment then separate it for sale. Many old fashioned electronic merchandise and electrical appliances made by well-known brands are available at Nhat Tao Market. Therefore, this place attracts both locals and foreign tourists who are "electronic hunters". The market gathers plenty of skilled workers in repairing electronic equipment and electrical components.
Nhat Tao Market, Nhat Tao Street, Ward 7, District 10.
Opening hours (Monday to Sunday): 09:00 - 19:00.
Room 16 – Vuong Hong Sen Collection is located in the Museum of Vietnamese History on Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1. Mr. Vuong Hong Sen (1902 - 1996) is a famed cultural researcher and antique collector in the South. During his life, he was passionate about studying and collecting more than 800 antiques, of which the most unique were blue-and-white glaze ceramics of the 18th - 19th centuries. He contributed to the determination of certain types of pottery and gave significant instruction to antique collectors. His research works are highly appreciated by experts. He made a testament to donate all antiques and books to the Government for reservation purposes. Today, this gallery displays all kinds of artifacts made of various materials produced from the 10th - 19th centuries from Vietnam, China, Cambodia, Japan, Thailand, and France. They all belong to the Vuong Hong Sen collection, which attracts many foreign tourists and antique experts to visit and study.
Room 16 – Vuong Hong Sen Collection, 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
Opening hours (Tuesday - Sunday): 08:00 - 11:30 and 13:00 - 17:00.
Mr. Dinh Cong Tuong started his collecting antiques career from the early 80s of the last century. Nowadays, inside his 800 square meters house, thousands of antiques from the 1st-20th centuries are displayed, spread from the courtyard to the entrance of the galleries. The antiques that he collected during his trips are not only within the home but also abroad such as France, the United States, Japan, China, Hong Kong,... Beside a large number of ceramic antiques from Dong Son, Sa Huynh, Oc Eo, Cham Pa, Ly - Tran - Le, Chu Dau, Quang Duc, Cay Mai, Bien Hoa - Lai Thieu, he possesses a set of antiques in bronze, silver, precious stones, rare wood. Currently, Mr. Dinh Cong Tuong has been awarded by many organizations with the record of the collection of antique vases with the largest number in Vietnam, the collection "The most ancient and modern ceramics in Indochina", and the collection of antique plates with the largest number in Vietnam. His residence welcomes friends, relatives and even tourists to visit and admire a one-off antique that cannot be found anywhere else.
Mr. Dinh Cong Tuong's Residence, Quarter 5, Hiep Thanh Ward, District 12.