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Officials have dismissed rumors that Ben Thanh Market, one of the symbols of Ho Chi Minh City, will be knocked down next year to build a trade center.

The market deputy manager, Pham Van Tan, told Thanh Nien he had not received any documents about redeveloping the market as some local newspapers had reported.

The deputy head of HCMC Department of Trade, Truong Trung Viet backed Tan saying the reports were not accurate.

The newspaper reports quoted Ben Thanh Market vendors as saying they had been told by the market management board that they would have to move next year, to “a temporary market” in nearby September 23 Park, as Ben Thanh was being replaced by a new trade center.

The market management board told Thanh Nien that the reports had initially worried many vendors but they had reassured the stall holders that the reports were unfounded.

One newspaper also reported a District 1 People’s Committee official as saying an investor had proposed building a four or five-floor trade center with three basements at the market site.

But the market management declined to comment on this report.

Covering over 13,000 square meters, Ben Thanh Market is home to more than a thousand stalls and shops that sell a wide range of products such as handicrafts, souvenirs, clothes and fabrics.

The market in District 1 is a favorite tourist destination in Vietnam’s largest city.

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