Wednesday, July 13, 2011

Saigon Xplore: Central Post Office

The Vietnamese name of the post office located in downtown Saigon, right across the road from the Notre Dame Cathedral, is Bưu điện Thành phố Hồ Chí Minh. But all tourists know it by its English name - Saigon Central Post Office. It was designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel at the end of the 19th century (1886-1891), when Vietnam was part of French Indochina. This French-style building is one of the best looking colonial public buildings in Ho Chi Minh City.

This is the place where many people buy postcards, period stamps, or souvenirs. There are two huge period maps of Vietnam on the walls (Saigon and its neighborhoods - created in 1892 and Telegraphic network in South Vietnam and Combodia, created in 1936) that are well worth the visit, as well as the large portrait of Ho Chi Minh himself  on the back wall.

On the left and right of the main hall, there are two corridors that host various souvenir shops. An island counter in the middle of the hall sells tourist memorabilia.

Saigon Central Post Office - 2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1

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