The Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautifully preserved remnant of French colonial times and is one of the most iconic tourist destinations in Ho Chi Minh City, with charming colonial architecture and ornate decorations forming the backdrop for newlywed photo-shoots, school trips and city tours. Located next door to Notre Dame Cathedral, the two cultural sites can be visited together , therefore visitors have a chance to know life in Vietnam during the times of the Indochinese Empire. The building was designed by Alfred Foulhoux and features arched windows and wooden shutters, just as it would have in its heyday in the late 19th Century.
The Saigon Central Post Office was constructed from 1886-1891 and depicts classic elements of Gothic, Renaissance and French colonial design.
Although the architecture is distinctly French, the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh hanging high above everyone at the far end of the building reminds everyone we are definitely in Vietnam. On the walls , there are two maps of the region; one of them showing the telegraph lines that crisscross Vietnam and Cambodia and the other displaying a map of the Saigon region in 1892.
The Saigon Central Post Office is a wonderful place with extraordinary colonial architecture. The city has meticulously maintained this exquisite building and it is still in full operation. The office offers full postal services and also sells an array of postcards and stamps, making excellent souvenirs to bring back home.
Central Post Office
Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
Location: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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