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

    by zuyao Written Jan 25, 2008

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    City Hall & Uncle Ho's Statue

    This is a magnificent-looking building - a heritage of the French colonial era. The architecture is not unlike those you can find in Paris. Unfortunately, it is not open to visitors and therefore you could not see what is inside. But the exterior is beautiful and makes a nice place to snap some photos. The building is illuminated at night and is beautiful.

    In front of the building is a plaza with a statue of Ho Chi Minh.

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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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    Hôtel de Ville de Saigon

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    Ho Chi Minh City Hall or Hôtel de Ville de Saigon was built in 1902-1908 in a French colonial style for the then city of Saigon. It was renamed after 1975 as the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. The French colonial-inspired building, based on the Hotel de Ville in Paris, is equally striking during the day or night (when it's illuminated). There's a nice park area at the front of the building where you'll find some seats and a statue of Ho Chi Minh.

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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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    HO CHI MINH CITY HALL

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 13, 2010

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    Originally called the Hôtel de Ville and now formally re-branded the People's Committee Hall, it's a striking cream and yellow French colonial building for the then city of Saigon. No entry, but the statue of Uncle Ho in front is a very popular place for photos.

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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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    Colonial buildings of HCMC/Saigon: Hotel de Ville

    by tremendopunto Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    Uncle Ho in front of the old Hotel de Ville
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    The Hotel de Ville - or city hall - is from French Colonial times with its beautiful architecture. With Ho Chi Minh resting on the square in front of it, the city hall is in the center of the old heart of the Saigon with all the other famous buildings in walking distance.

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    People's Comittee Building Day (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Jun 14, 2012

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    The Saigon City Hall is one of the famous Landmarks of Ho CHi Minh City and is now renamed the People's Comitte Building. This will be a two part tip with more pictures

    The Saigon City Hall was called the Town Hall till 1954. In the brief span of time between 1954 and 1975 it was renamed the City Hall of Saigon. Since 1975 the building has been called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Building. This charming cream and yellow French Colonial Building stands at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard on the Le Thanh Ton Street.

    The construction of this building started in March 1898 and was completed in 1908. The building is said to be designed by the famous French architect P. Gardes’s whose design contributed to the main hall and the rectangular wings. On the top of the building is the famous bell tower which is placed on a pyramid like pedestal. The presence of bell towers is adapted from Renaissance architecture and is a feature that is common to most European town halls.

    Since this is a working government building, no one other than civil servants and cleaners are allowed in. Saigon's Town Hall’s distinct French colonial architecture reminds you of provincial French towns. Though it is not open to the public, tourists can see it from the outside, and the Night Views Are SPECTACULAR!

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  • nice building

    by baby156 Written Aug 25, 2011

    The building was built in French colonial style. It is actually the office of Ho Chi Minh city's People Committee. Right in front of the building stands the statue of Ho Chi Minh president.
    The place is nice to visit both in day and night time. It is located centrally, and easy to walk to nearby popular streets,e.g. Nguyen Hue, Le Loi...

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    People's Comittee Building (2)

    by machomikemd Written Jun 14, 2012
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    Part two of my City Hall Tips with more pictures

    The Saigon City Hall is one of the famous Landmarks of Ho CHi Minh City and is now renamed the People's Comitte Building. The Saigon City Hall was called the Town Hall till 1954. In the brief span of time between 1954 and 1975 it was renamed the City Hall of Saigon. Since 1975 the building has been called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Building. This charming cream and yellow French Colonial Building stands at the end of Nguyen Hue Boulevard on the Le Thanh Ton Street.

    The construction of this building started in March 1898 and was completed in 1908. The building is said to be designed by the famous French architect P. Gardes’s whose design contributed to the main hall and the rectangular wings. On the top of the building is the famous bell tower which is placed on a pyramid like pedestal. The presence of bell towers is adapted from Renaissance architecture and is a feature that is common to most European town halls.

    Since this is a working government building, no one other than civil servants and cleaners are allowed in. Saigon's Town Hall’s distinct French colonial architecture reminds you of provincial French towns. Though it is not open to the public, tourists can see it from the outside, and the Night Views Are SPECTACULAR!

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    The city Hall.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 15, 2013
    The City Hall in Saigon.
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    The City Hall in Saigon is an old french building that was originally build as a hotel in the early 20th century.
    It is standing right next to the famous Rex Hotel smack in the center of town and is one of the prettiest buildings in Saigon in my opinion.
    The place is not open to the public so you have to enjoy it from the outside only, but it's nice to do and there is a nice little park in front of it where it's nice to hang out with the locals.

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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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    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 day)

    by chatterley Written Jul 1, 2005

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    City Hall

    The same building, taken in the day. It looks totally different during the night (see my previous tip), when it gets all lit up. Lovely!

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