The Central Post Office – A Beautiful Example of French Colonial architecture in Saigon

Constructed between 1886 and 1891, The Post Office is considered one of Saigon city’s most amazing architectural structures. It is an appealing spot in Ho Chi Minh city for both domestic and international tourists who love to admire the typical French style in the past.

Constructed between 1886 and 1891, Central Post Office Saigon is considered one of Saigon city’s most amazing architectural structures. It is an appealing spot in Ho Chi Minh city for both domestic and international tourists who love to admire the typical French style in the past.

Central Post Office Saigon is an appealing spot for young people

Central Post Office Saigon’s Overview

Opening Hours: Daily 07:00 – 19:00
Location: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City

Known as the grandest post office in Southeast Asia, Central Post Office Saigon is situated next to Notre Dame Cathedral. If the guests of galatourist.asia can visit 2 cultural spots during your time in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. They were all built between 1886 and 1891 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.

Central Post Office Saigon is particularly attractive for its interior style. The building is big and spacious. The large metal arches on the ceiling and the wooden countertops along the sides are similar to a train station other than a post office. Two large maps are painted on either side of the entrance. One depicts Saigon and its surroundings. The other depicts the telegraph lines of South Vietnam and Cambodia. At the back of the room stands a large portrait of President Ho Chi Minh. It is an appealing spot in Ho Chi Minh city for both domestic and international tourists who love to admire the typical French style in the past.

Central Post Office Saigon is still active until now

Especially, Central Post Office Saigon is still active until now. So it is very interesting to see the locals mail letters and packages while you explore it. For those who love to buy some gifts at Central Post Office Saigon, you will find a couple of souvenir shops located in the building.

Inside Central Post Office Saigon

What attracts both international and domestic tourists visiting post office is its typical architecture. Central Post Office Saigon highlights with the roof with the large dome system along the ceiling of the building. Therefore, the ceiling of the central post office has the shape like a giant keg of wine, featuring the typical design of the post office.

The two sides of the building are two large historical maps of Saigon in the past which are carefully hand-crafted and meticulously painted by artists. The unique architecture of the post office the perfect blend of European style and Asian decoration. Time passed, but Central Post Office Saigon still preserved its own beauty, which is the mixture the classic and modern style. Especially, near the two sides of the main entrance gate of the post office, there are lots of souvenir shops where you can choose some typical gifts of Sai Gon city as well as Vietnam for your family and friends.

The tipical architecture inside Central Post Office Saigon

Outside Central Post Office Saigon

Not only famed for inside unique architecture, but Central Post Office Saigon also has a large space outside. This is an interesting place for visitors, especial young people gather, as well as check-in. 

Interesting stories of Central Post Office Saigon

There are lots of interesting stories about the typical architecture of the Central Post Office Saigon. Some people say the building was designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel, the man who built the Eiffel Tower and New York’s Statue of Liberty. Others say Central Post Office Saigon was designed by architect Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux. No matter who designed this post office, we cannot deny the unique architecture of the Central Post Office. Amazing highlights are its curved windows, the big clock above the main entrance.

Check-in outside Central Post Office Saigon is one of the most popular activities when coming here

How to reach Central Post Office Saigon

Central Post Office Saigon is just about nearly 1km from the center of district 1, Ho Chi Minh City, so there are lots of methods to move there such as car, motorbike or even on foot if you are at the hotel of district 1. The first and common way to reach here is going for a walk. Just use your google map then you can reach Central Post Office Saigon on your own feet. Or if your hotel is far from Central Post Office Saigon, you can choose some kinds of transportation such as a motorbike, or even bus: 

By bus: The cheapest way besides going on foot to reach Central Post Office Saigon is going by bus. All you have to do is using your smartphone, find Google map then search the way from your hotel in Ho Chi Minh city or your location to Central Post Office Saigon. Google map will point out some buses with the number for you to choose, then choose the most convenient road for you. Please remember that you should not go by bus in the rush hour due to the traffic jam. 

By taxi or motorbike: Nowadays, catching a motorbike or a taxi to reach Central Post Office Saigon is very easy. You can use Grab or Go-viet app to know the exact road and avoid the bargain from the drivers. 

Along with the Notre-Dame Cathedral, Central Post Office Saigon is one of the two popular tourist attractions welcoming several tourists every day. Visitors can take Vietnam 18 days itinerary or Bassac boat cruise Mekong 3 days to discover Ho Chi Minh city (Saigon) attractions like Notre Dame Cathedral Saigon city. If these places are too similar to you, you can choose Vietnam central highlands tour to learn more thing about Vietnam.

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