City Hall, Ho Chi Minh City

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    The City Hall in Saigon.
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    Saigon City Hall.
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    City Hall

    by Ewingjr98 Updated Mar 18, 2007

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    City Hall in the distance from Nguyen Hue Street

    City Hall, or the Hotel de Ville, is a colonial French building, built in 1908, that adds a sense of history to the downtown area. It was originally built as the Saigon City Hall and it now houses the city's communist government, so it is heavily guarded.

    It's modern name is People's Committee Hall, and there is a nice statue of Ho Chi Minh out front.

    Nearby is the somewhat famous Rex Hotel, where the American journalists often got their daily briefings during the Vietnam War, infamously known as the "Five O'Clock Follies."

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    City Hall ~ formerly Hotel de Ville

    by BorneoGrrl Written Jan 27, 2007

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    Saigon City Hall

    This beautiful cream & yellow French colonial building may look familiar to you if you've ever watched any Vietnam-themed Hollywood movies but don't expect to see lovely genteel maidens cycling by in their crisp white ao dais. This is 21st century Ho Chi Minh city and the former Hôtel de Ville is now the People's Committee Hall. Sadly, this building is strictly No Entry and a statue of Uncle Ho sits in the front of the building

    Originally built in the early 1900s, this is a popular place for photo shoots and is also beautiful at night.

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    People's Committee

    by pgj579 Written Jan 25, 2007

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    People's Committee and Uncle Ho

    The City Hall, or People's Committee Hall, is a very grand building caty-corner from the Rex Hotel. It really shows off the fine french colonial architecture of Saigon. However, the general public is not able to tour the building, and when you are up close to it, you will notice several signs indicating no pictures are allowed. There is a nice statue of "Unlce Ho" right in front of the building.

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    Beautiful architecture

    by maria_hz Written Jul 21, 2006

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    As close as you get

    The City Hall building, currently the People's Committee Building, and formerly Hotel de Ville, is an oustanding example of French architecture in Ho Chi Minh City, ready in 1901. Further in front of it, you will find the man himself, Mr Ho Chi Minh. Unfortunately this local government building is not open to the public, but you can nonetheless admire the well-restored building from outside.

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    A seat of government

    by NedHopkins Written Feb 12, 2006
    Hotel de Ville from the park
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    Finished in 1908, the Hotel de Ville is now the locus of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, or city council. It's quite a beautiful building and faces a park with a statue of Ho Chi Minh comforting a child -- a common bit of Communist iconography from Stalin to Mao.

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    Hotel de Ville

    by elpariente Written Feb 7, 2006

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    Hotel de Ville

    En este edificio se reune el Comité del Pueblo , tiene unos jardines muy agradables cerca del hotel Rex y una estatua de de Ho Chi Minh

    On this building are the headquaters of the People Committee, it has very nice gardens near the Rex hotel and a HoChi Minh statue

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    Uncle Ho

    by namidub Written Jul 23, 2005

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    Uncle Ho

    The statue of Uncle Ho or Ho Chi Minh resides in front of the City Hall building.

    The famous Ho Chi Minh or Ho the Enlightened, sometimes known as Nguyen Ai Quoc- Nguyen the Patriot, was born Nguyen Tat Thanh in 1890.
    He's an ambivalent, enigmatic figure in many ways.

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    City Hall (aka Peoples' Committee)

    by chatterley Written Jun 19, 2005

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    Taken on a weekend night

    This building was situated right beside our hotel. There is a statue of "Uncle Ho" in the park in front of this building.

    On Saturday night, the spot lights were all lit, and the building looked really different from daytime. On weekday nights, the lights are also on, but they were a lot dimmer.

    According to my guidebook, this is the most photographed building in HCMC. Do not miss it! It would be even better if you could see it at night on weekends, when they switched on all the lights!

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    The finest example of heritage preservation.

    by worldkiwi Written Apr 29, 2005

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    People's Palace (City Hall), HCMC.

    The People's Palace, also known as City Hall, is one of the finest heritage buildings in HCMC. At any time of day it is a captivating and photogenic sight.
    The building dates back to French colonial times and looks as though it has been transplanted directly from France! Unfortunately, it was not open to the public when I visited, so you just have to be content with photographing the exterior.

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    People's Committee Building

    by Blatherwick Written Oct 6, 2004
    People's Committee Building

    Saigon's former Hotel de Ville was constucted between 1901-1908. It is now the the home of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee so the building is not open to the public. However, the outside is very ornate and has to be one of the most photographed buildings in Saigon.

    The park in front has a statue of Ho Chi Minh reading a book to a child sitting in his lap.

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    City Hall

    by bpacker Updated Aug 20, 2004

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    Since this is a working government building, no one other than civil servants and cleaners can go in . Oogle at the french colonial styled building from the little park with Uncle Ho if you can. You can take nice shots from there.
    If you are suicidal like me, you can take stand in the middle of the road and take it.

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    City Hall

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Jan 12, 2004

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    city hall

    Built at the beginning of 1897, under an original architectural design by French architect Ferret Eugene, the Municipal Theatre was restored and renewed to celebrate the 300th anniversary of the foundation of Saigon (1698-1998).
    The architectural style and staple material of the Municipal Theatre of the old days are reflected in its stone veranda, a pair of white stone statues of pretty girls at the gate, the colourful granite tiled floors, the chandeliers, the bronze statues in front of the stairs, the audience's hall with its arch engraved with decorative designs and rows of statues on the two sides of the theatre.
    When the French invaders withdrew from the South under the Geneva Agreement in 1956, the Ngo Dinh Diem regime turned the Theatre into the headquarters of the lower House, therefore the inside and outside structure of the Theatre was changed considerably.
    Regaining the power after the Spring 1975 Great Victory, the City authorities allowed a temporary repair of the Theatre, returning its function to a central theatre. In 1995, a hundred years after the start of the initial building project, a restoration project was approved by the Municipal People's Committee.
    Many experienced historians and architects were invited to participate in this project. The theatre was renewed with new materials and equipped with state-of-the-art electric appliances, light and sound systems and fire and safety equipment. With a rotating stage and a 800-seat hall, the Theatre meets the required standards for various artistic forms such as singing, music, dancing and traditional and modern dramas. It is a good place for artistic performances by domestic and foreign art ensembles and well-known artists, who visit Ho Chi Minh City.

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    Town Hall

    by SirRichard Written Oct 12, 2003

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    The building

    Saigon's Town Hall (1901) could be perfectly situated in any provincial french town. It is called now "Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee".
    Not open to the public, you can only see it from the outside, by day, or (better, as is illuminated) by night.

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    City Hall

    by dinhyen Written Apr 8, 2003

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    One of Saigon's more ornate facades that dates back to the French colonial era. The park in front has a statue of Ho Chi Minh reading a book to a child sitting in his lap. Off to the left is the Rex Hotel. To the right is the Opera House. This building, however, is dwarfed by the HSBC building in the background.

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    City Hall

    by kenningst Written Aug 26, 2008

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    I was here to see Uncle Ho's statue but then stumble upon the city hall. Nice and a well kept buliding was it was not open to public. Ok, enough said, Uncle Ho's statue is cool isn't it?

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