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.
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.
The city fathers (and mothers!) rule from the Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee building, which is not open to the public. Situated at the intersection of Nguyen Hue and Le Thanh Ton, the former Hotel de Ville is within walking distance from other tourist attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, Opera House and Notre Dame Cathedral.
The French colonial-inspired building, based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris (French for town or city hall), is equally striking during the day or night. Flower displays surround a statue of the seated Ho Chi Minh throwing a protective arm over the shoulders of a small child. Manicured trees decorate the façade of the building with its twin towers, central spire, white columns and aesthetically pleasing arches. The building is well lit at night.
The People Committee (City Hall) is located at the end of Nguyen Hue Street and was built between 1898 and 1908 in French colonial style – designed after the Hotel de Ville in Paris. The building has been known as Hotel de Ville, the Town Hall, and the City Hall of Saigon - but renamed to Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee in 1975.
It is a working government building and not open for the public or tourists, but the building itself is quite impressive. I have read that it should be very beautiful when illuminated at night.
Opposite the People Committee is a little park with a statue of Uncle Ho.
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.
Although city hall is not open to the public, it still is worth hunting it down to have a look at the beautiful architecture.
It was completed in 1908, once being known as the "Hotel de Ville" It is another building with French influence, having been modeled on the City hall in Paris.
If you have a chance, come by at night time when it is all lit up.
In front, is a large, well manicured park, with Ho Chi Minhs statue, he is cradling a child.
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.
This Rococo-Baroque- and a bit kitsch- building looks out of place in a South East Asian city, but the French colonialists left a lot of that sort of buildings in Vietnam, and they give a sort of charm and identity to these cities; today, mainly concrete and glass blocks raise from the ground, and they look alike all over the planet. The colonial buildings represent a certain ideology and a historical period, and it is good they are preserved, not for glorification, but for memory (and their usefulness and aesthetics!). So, here is an example of kitschy colonial architecture which has been well preserved and still is the living centre of a city! It has been built in 1907 and hosted the municipality offices during the colonial times, since 1975 (and since Saigon became Ho Chi Minh City), the building is occupied by the Popular Comity of Ho Chi Minh City.
The first picture shows the city hall at night, lit by engineers and artists from the French city of Lyon, with which Saigon is in the process to become a twin city.
The façade is heavily decorated as you can see on picture 2 and on the details of the left side tower (picture 3).
The wide avenue leading to the city hall is prolonged with a neatly laid out garden (picture 4) where you recognise Uncle Ho, here giving some wisdom lesson to a child probably, as it seems, on picture 5.
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.
If you have decided to explore HCMC by walking, the city center can be visited in a few hours. One of the remarkable buildings that you should also visit is the city hall. While walking from the opera house to Ben Thanh Market, you can make a short stop here to take some pictures.
The City Hall is known by many names, including Town Hall, Hôtel de Ville and People's Committee Hall... this name should be the official one, I believe. It's a beautiful French colonial building that, at night, is lit up. Sadly it is not possible to viist it.. it's a working government building.
In front of the city hall there's a massive statue, dedicated to Uncle Ho... after Uncle Sam I guess. Uncle Ho is no one less the Ho CHi Minh himself, the father of the revolution and re-united Vietnam. In this statue he's portrayed reading a book to a child.
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!
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
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.
It's so apt in meaning when you see Ho Chi Minh's statue in the foreground while the City Hall sits in the background. The defeat of the French and other colonial rulers by someone in their Vietnamese community.
If you think what I'm saying sounds a little abstract or slanting towards propoganda, well, just admire the picture that I've taken in the evening. It was taken without flash so as to capture the nice glow of the building.