Saigon Central Post Office is one of the typical architectural works in Ho Chi Minh City. This work was built between 1886 – 1891 according to the project of French architect Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux. Over the past 130 years.
Saigon Central Post Office is not only a place to make communications, send mail, postcards, but also a prominent destination for tourists to explore Saigon ancient architecture.
How the Sai Gon central post office is unique?
Located in the heart of the city (No. 2, Cong Xa Paris Square, District 1), the unique beauty of the Central Post Office is even more prominent. In front of the post office is Notre Dame Cathedral with two high bell towers. The two sides of the post office are modern high-rise buildings, typically Diamond Plaza shopping centre. The places near the post office are Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City Theater, City People’s Committee …
This harmonious combination helps Saigon Central Post Office become a place not only brings ancient beauty but also “full of breath” of modern life.
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Saigon Central Post Office is a building built by the French in the style of European architecture combined with Asian decorations. The front of the post office is decorated in a rectangular box, on which the inventors of the telegraph and electricity industries are registered. Some typical names on these boxes are US President Benjamin Franklin, British physicist Michael Faraday, mathematician Gay Lussac, Oerstedt, Arago, Galvani … On the post office arc, there is a large clock, under the copper. The lake still preserves the year of construction commencement and inauguration of the post office.
Inside the Post Office is a system of large curved arches close to the main door and long arches inside. The large arches in the building are supported by four iron trusses radiating from the four sides. And the connecting points of the iron trusses are decorated with elaborate carvings. On the dome of the post office’s lobby, there are also two large maps telling the history of setting up the Saigon telecommunications system. Specifically: the right one shows a map of Saigon and its surrounding areas in 1892, and the left one shows a map of power lines of Vietnam and Cambodia in 1936.
It is worth a visit Saigon Central Post Office
Visiting Saigon Central Post Office, visitors can see the unique architecture of the Post Office, immersed in ancient space from the mailbox to the call counter.
The two sides of the entrance are lined with straight green iron pillars with long polished wooden chairs. Sitting here, you will feel like waiting for the next train of the British railway station in the 20th century. In the centre of the Post Office is the image of the leader of the Ho Chi Minh Revolution.
Looking inside, you will easily see four large rows of wooden tables lined up in the middle of the post office to serve people wishing to perform communications, mailing, courier …, the two sides of the main hall of Saigon Post Office still keep old mailboxes and old telephone booths that make visitors feel nostalgic about a bygone era.
The two sides of the corridor near the main entrance of the building have many souvenir shops selling thousands of souvenir products, postcards to Saigon post office as well as Vietnam in general or Saigon, in particular. Tourists can buy as souvenirs for friends or relatives.
How to get there?
Since the location is quite convenient in the city centre, travelling is also extremely easy. You can go by motorbike, taxi or book a technology ride to get here. And if you want to go slow to fully see the beauty of Saigon while protecting the environment. Especially cyclo tour in Sai Gon is an ideal vehicle for you.
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Amid this modern, lavish and busy life. If you want to search for a silhouette of a distant time, you must visit the post office of Ho Chi Minh City. Wish you have a happy tour in Ho Chi Minh City.