Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

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    CENTRAL POST OFFICE

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    Beautiful old style phone booths

    The Post office doesn't sound like a place to visit unless you want to buy some stamps, but here in Ho Chi Minh city, you must come and have at look at the magnificent outside and inside.

    Once again, we have another beautiful French colonial building and one of the oldest buildings in HCMC. The architecture is a mix of Gothic, Renaissance with French influences, different to what I expected to find in Vietnam. I felt like I was in Europe!
    The Central Post Office is one of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City and the busiest Post Office in Vietnam.

    Even before entering, the camera was in action taking photos of the big clock hung over entrance way.
    Inside was busy with not only with locals going about their business, but with many Tourists like me, with eyes darting everywhere trying to take a photo without a lot of people!

    Where to start....

    # Once inside the building I saw two historical maps, one was "Saigon and its environments" created in 1892,showing HCMC in the past, and the other "Telegraphic network in South Vietnam and Cambodia" created in 1936., shows the postal route between the two countries.
    # Next were the elegant polished wood phone booths, which are just the same since the colonial period. I loved them!
    # Look down at the gorgeous-pattern-tiled floor, very nice!
    # Look up to see the massively high ceilings, designed in an arc shape, this really makes it look spacious and grand!
    # .Ho Chi Minh isn't forgotten, he overlooks proceedings from a huge picture.

    The Post Office sells the necessities, plus postcards and stamp & coin sets, I bought some stamp sets.
    Foreign money exchange is also available.

    OPEN 6AM to 10 PM.

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    Post office

    by heydelin Written May 12, 2013

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    HCMC's post office is just across the Cathedral. It has very beautiful architecture. I learned from my friends that it is open even during weekends. If you send postcards it would cost around 3,000 dong each ( to asia and the pacific countries) for the stamps. I sent one to New Zealand and my boyfriend received it a week after.

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    The Saigon post office.

    by cachaseiro Written Mar 15, 2013

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    Inside the Saigon Post office.

    The Saigon post office is an attraction in itself as it's a really nice old french building from the 1880's that is still kept as a working post office with regular opening hours and all the hustle and bustle that belongs to a real old fashioned post office.
    Inside on the end wall you have a big picture of Ho Chi Minh who is overseeing the whole thing and you have some interesting maps of the Saigon area and the Mekong delta on the walls aswell.
    You have all the regular postal services inside the post office aswell as ATM's, a toursit information and a few tourist related shops.
    Visiting a post office might not seem as the most obvious thing when sightseeing but in Saigon it's well worth the visit.

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    The Central Post Office

    by ValbyDK Updated Mar 3, 2013

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    The Central Post Office is located in the centre of Ho Chi Minh City - very close to the Notre Dame Cathedral - and even if you have no intention of using the post office facilities you should walk by for a quick look... The building was constructed in classic French colonial style between 1866 and 1891 by Gustave Eiffel, who is famous for designing the Eiffel Tower. The interior is also worth a visit; huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho, and many beautiful details and decorations.

    On both sides of the entrance you’ll find a statue symbolizing the contributions of the post office’s staff in the wartime and present day. They were erected in 1998 – on the occasion of the 300th anniversary of Ho Chi Minh City.

    BTW, you can also buy your stamps, postcards etc here at the Central Post Office…

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    One of the French Colonial Landmarks: Inside

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2012
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    This will be the Pictures of the inside of the Post Office Station and you will see that it is still a busy post office, with local vietnamese still patronizing on snail mail.

    The Post Office Building, coupled with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Municipal Opera and City Hall, are classic examples of french colonial architecture in vietnam and are the most popular areas to see besides the attractions related to the Vietnam War when in Saigon and the post office stands out as one of the top draws as it was designed by the man who made the Eifffel Tower in Paris a landmark, Gustav Eiffel! It was built between 1886 and 1891, and there are old colonial maps inside that are named: ‘Saigon et ses environs 1892′ which means ‘Sai Gon and its environment 1892′ and ‘Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et Cambodge 1936′ which translate to ‘Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892.

    The Saigon Post Office is a functioning post office and also the largest post office in Vietnam. Inside is a classic post office station but instead of just post office materials likwe mails and stamps and envelopes, there are souvenir shops located at the middle of the hallway and at the sideways lateral to the main hallway. the former telephone and telegraph station booths are now ATM Machine booths at the right side but still are telephone booths at the left side.

    You will see many local vietnamese still sending snail mails and have them stamped at the various mail counters inside with a big statue of Ho Chi Minh located at the middle of the hallway, facing the entrance.

    Admission is free!

    Opens Everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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    One of the French Colonial Landmarks: Phone Booths

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2012
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    This will be the pictures of the Telephone and Telegraph Booths, of which the right side is now converted into a functioning Automated Teller Booths (ATMs) that accepts international ATM Cards and groups like CIRRUS, MAESTRO, PLUS, DISCOVER.

    The Post Office Building, coupled with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Municipal Opera and City Hall, are classic examples of french colonial architecture in vietnam and are the most popular areas to see besides the attractions related to the Vietnam War when in Saigon and the post office stands out as one of the top draws as it was designed by the man who made the Eifffel Tower in Paris a landmark, Gustav Eiffel! It was built between 1886 and 1891, and there are old colonial maps inside that are named: ‘Saigon et ses environs 1892′ which means ‘Sai Gon and its environment 1892′ and ‘Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et Cambodge 1936′ which translate to ‘Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892.

    The Saigon Post Office is a functioning post office and also the largest post office in Vietnam. Inside is a classic post office station but instead of just post office materials likwe mails and stamps and envelopes, there are souvenir shops located at the middle of the hallway and at the sideways lateral to the main hallway. the former telephone and telegraph station booths are now ATM Machine booths at the right side but still are telephone booths at the left side.

    You will see many local vietnamese still sending snail mails and have them stamped at the various mail counters inside with a big statue of Ho Chi Minh located at the middle of the hallway, facing the entrance.

    Admission is free!

    Opens Everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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    One of d' French Colonial Landmarks: Souvenir Shop

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2012

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    This will be pictures of the Souvenir Shops located inside the Post Office. You may ask why there are many souvenir shops here at the post office? well, this is one of the major tourist destinations in Saigon, that is why there are some souvenir shops lining the inside of the post office that sells the same kitschy items that you can buy at other souvenir shops in Benh Thanh Market, Dong Khoi Street, Nguyen hue Street and more. Like in other areas, Haggling for the souvenir items are a must!

    The Post Office Building, coupled with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Municipal Opera and City Hall, are classic examples of french colonial architecture in vietnam and are the most popular areas to see besides the attractions related to the Vietnam War when in Saigon and the post office stands out as one of the top draws as it was designed by the man who made the Eifffel Tower in Paris a landmark, Gustav Eiffel! It was built between 1886 and 1891, and there are old colonial maps inside that are named: ‘Saigon et ses environs 1892′ which means ‘Sai Gon and its environment 1892′ and ‘Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et Cambodge 1936′ which translate to ‘Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892.

    The Saigon Post Office is a functioning post office and also the largest post office in Vietnam. Inside is a classic post office station but instead of just post office materials likwe mails and stamps and envelopes, there are souvenir shops located at the middle of the hallway and at the sideways lateral to the main hallway. the former telephone and telegraph station booths are now ATM Machine booths at the right side but still are telephone booths at the left side.

    You will see many local vietnamese still sending snail mails and have them stamped at the various mail counters inside with a big statue of Ho Chi Minh located at the middle of the hallway, facing the entrance.

    Admission is free!

    Opens Everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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    One of the French Colonial Landmarks (outside)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2012
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    This will be a multi part tip. This will be the pictures at the outside area.

    The Post Office Building, coupled with the Notre Dame Cathedral and Municipal Opera and City Hall, are classic examples of french colonial architecture in vietnam and are the most popular areas to see besides the attractions related to the Vietnam War when in Saigon and the post office stands out as one of the top draws as it was designed by the man who made the Eifffel Tower in Paris a landmark, Gustav Eiffel! It was built between 1886 and 1891, and there are old colonial maps inside that are named: ‘Saigon et ses environs 1892′ which means ‘Sai Gon and its environment 1892′ and ‘Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et Cambodge 1936′ which translate to ‘Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892.

    The Saigon Post Office is a functioning post office and also the largest post office in Vietnam. Inside is a classic post office station but instead of just post office materials likwe mails and stamps and envelopes, there are souvenir shops located at the middle of the hallway and at the sideways lateral to the main hallway. the former telephone and telegraph station booths are now ATM Machine booths at the right side but still are telephone booths at the left side.

    You will see many local vietnamese still sending snail mails and have them stamped at the various mail counters inside with a big statue of Ho Chi Minh located at the middle of the hallway, facing the entrance.

    Admission is free!

    Opens Everyday from 8:00 am to 5:00 pm

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    Eiffel's design

    by akkipaa Written May 7, 2012

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    This beautiful post office is located close to Notre-Dame basilica and is definitely worth of visiting. Buy stamps or just breeth the feeling. The building is from days Vietnam belonged to French Indochina and it's designed by Gustave Eiffel.

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    CHECK OUT THIS BEAUTIFUL COLONIAL POST OFFICE

    by DennyP Written Oct 19, 2011

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    THE BEAUTIFUL OLD FRENCH COLONIAL POST OFFICE
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    HCMC
    One building that really impressed me when in Ho Chi Min City was the old French Colonial Post Office.I had some post cards to put in the post and was a good opportunity to see this lovely old building. Post here is efficient and all forms of post and parcel postage are carried out .
    Located right beside The Notre Dame Cathedral ,this lovely old French Colonial style ornate building is definately worth the visit inside ,even if you have nothing to post !!!

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    Mail your postcards here

    by schurman23 Written Oct 1, 2011

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    This post office in Ho Chi Minh City is located near Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral. The building was by French colonists in the early 20th century. This is the reason why it has Gothic architectural style and was designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel. It is worth seeing the inside of this building, but theres nothing much here other than a post office and some souvenir materials.

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    Worthy sidetrip from Notre Dame Cathedral

    by schurman23 Written Sep 3, 2011

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    The Post Office, just like any other post office is located near the Notre Dame Cathedral, so if you are within the area you can drop by and send your postcards. But if you think you have limited time, you can skip this place, nothing unique in this place.

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    General Post Office

    by cal6060 Written Jul 28, 2011

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    First I heard the tour guide said would bring us to see the Post Office. I wondered why? I was surprised and impressed by this Post Office building the first time I saw it. Not only the building is big with colonial french architecture, but the interior design is clean cut. I did not expect to see something like this in Vietnam, maybe in Singapore, but not like this. Just visit this place, you will know what I mean.

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    General Post Office

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 11, 2011

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    Across from the Cathedral is the famed Post Office.This is another example of the magnificant French design. Its massively high ceilings and numerous wickets ,speak of another place in time. Lots of people like to buy post cards to mail from here.

    There are a couple of good souvineer shops on either side of the entrance.

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  • Beautiful Building

    by thescene Updated Feb 7, 2011

    When I first saw this building I thought that it was an important government office or a train station primarily because of it's magnificent architecture. As I enter I find out that it is instead a post office. Inside the structure you see it's as if you are transported to the early 20th century with some of it's ornate furnishings. The floor is filled with beautiful pattern of floor tiles.

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