Saigon Central Post Office is one of the most amazing landmarks that Vietnam’s largest cities, Ho Chi Minh City. Explore this wonderful place, you can have an insight into how were post offices in the past and admire its marvelous architecture
Located at No 2, Paris Commune Street, which is directly from the amazing Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Central Post Office is designed by the well-known architect Gustave Eiffel who also designed the renowned Eiffel Tower in Paris. Constructed for 5 years or thereabouts from 1886 to 1891, Saigon Central Post Office is a typically neo-classical architecture which obviously represents the architecture of the colonial period.
Saigon Central Post Office highlights
First and foremost, the post office makes a deep impression on visitors, especially first-timers for its typical neoclassical architecture. At the main entrance, there is a large clock which has been working since the construction of the building.
Stepping your foot into the interior, you will be overwhelmed by a huge space with a recognizable large picture of Ho Chi Minh. Because the unique structure of the building looks a bit like a European train station, you have the feeling that it is much like a long-established train station instead of a post office. In such a large space, the ceiling of the building is symmetrically constructed with the strong support of steel pillars.
One more no less outstanding feature of the building lies in two giant maps which is opposite towards each other. Those two maps represent different purposes with their own meanings. Central Saigon and its surroundings are depicted in one map, whereas the other portrayed southern Vietnam and Cambodia.
What’s more, one of the most significant highlight is the presence of Mr Duong Van Ngo who has been working for the office for many years and plays an indispensable role as the last letter writer in Ho Chi Minh City. He is a talented translator who is fluent in four languages and also a great person talking and offering useful information for visitors.
Saigon Central Post Office has a lot to offer visitors. In addition to its unique colonial building structure, the post office is also the place for everyone to send as well as receive mail or purchase postcards, stamps or even make phone calls.
Located in No 2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1, Saigon Central Post Office opens from 8:00 to 17:00. It is easy to reach. From Saigon Opera House, you can take a 10-minute walk to approach the destination. Even you are in the Reunification Palace or Museum of Ho Chi Minh and War Remnants Museum, it is just a few blocks to the Saigon Central Post Office.