Antiques of various qualities and ages are gathered here on, a small street in the heart of Saigon. Most of what you can find here are antiques of Asian cultures, ranging from coins to Buddha statues, potteries, lamps, incense burners.

Antiques of various qualities and ages are gathered here on a small street in the heart of Saigon. Most of what you can find here are of Asian cultures, such as coins, Buddha statues, potteries, lamps, and incense burners.

Normally, products here cost from tens to thousands of dollar, a staff named Tam said.

Products cost from tens to thousands of dollar, a staff named Tam said.

But there are also exceptions. A few years ago, collector could not find rare and valuable antiques at Le Cong Kieu Street but things have changed these days and some buyers have spent tens of thousands of dollar on one item.

But there are also exceptions. Some buyers have spent tens of thousands of dollar on one item.

Some shops specialize in copper antiques, some sell wooden products and some are experts at potteries.

Some shops specialize in copper antiques, some sell wooden products and some are the places to go for potteries.

Antiques should be beautiful, made of rare material, intact, have old ages to attract customers.

Antiques which are older, made of rare material and less damaged are more attractive to customers.

This statue of a Hindu deity is being sold at VND10 million ($438).

This statue of a Hindu deity carries a VND10 million ($438) price tag.

Almost all shops here sell old coins.

Old coins can be found at almost any shops.

Items are arranged in accordance with their materials and ages. Rare and valuable ones are put into cupboards

Items are arranged in accordance with their materials and ages. Rare and valuable ones are kept in cupboards.

More than 20 shops are selling antiques here. My family has been doing the antique business here for over 50 years, said owner of one shop.

More than 20 shops are selling antiques here. “My family has been in the business for over 50 years,” said one shop owner. Le Cong Kieu lies in the tourism precinct of Ho Chi Minh City's District 1 that includes an art museum, the Ben Thanh Market and the backpacker area.

Walk into bygone days along this antique aisle of Saigon

By Phong Vinh   April 7, 2018 | 01:56 pm GMT+7
Le Cong Kieu Street has been into the antique business for more than half a century and is still the most popular rendezvous among collectors.
 
 
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