Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

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2 Cong Xa Paris, District 1 +84(08)829-6862

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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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    SAIGON CENTRAL POST OFFICE

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 13, 2010

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    Saigon Central Post Office is a post office in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a Gothic architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Today, the building is a tourist attraction.

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    Central Post Office

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    The beautiful Central Post Office across the road from the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the best looking colonial public buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a Gothic architectural style which was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame and has become a tourist destination in its own right.

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    Central Post Office

    by chengcheng Written Jul 12, 2009

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    1. More than 100years old.
    2. It still operate as Post Office
    3. Very French Architecture :
    - designs on the walls
    - very spacious inside
    - 2 big maps on each side of the wall
    - A big protriat of Uncle Ho Chi Minh at the Central.
    4 with handicraft shops along the corridors of building

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    Freebies: Excellent photo opp

    by iclee Written Apr 10, 2009

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    Ho Chi Minh has lots of incredible structures where you can pose to your hearts delight and no one will bother you or nudge you to go along your way.

    A great example is the Post Office (PO) building. Scenic and architecturally pleasing to the eye. The best thing about it, there is NO entrance fee.

    People can also make overseas phone calls from the PO using their credit card or by paying a certain fee in of the booths.

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    Buu dien - French colonial architecture

    by JohanIsWeg Written Dec 17, 2008

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    Another example of French colonial architecture, Saigon’s post office (Buu dien) was designed by Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame. The glazed and vaulted roof and arched windows is a reminder of early European railway stations. Suspended ceiling vans turn lazily against the backdrop of a huge Ho Chi Minh painting against the back wall. An island counter in the middle of the hall sells tourist memorabilia.

    There are some giant maps and a number of clocks near the entrance, indicating the time of cities such as Tokyo, Beijing, Seoul and Pretoria.

    Staff members are quite relaxed about visitors taking photographs.

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    Not sure the mail arrives!

    by kokoryko Written Nov 16, 2008

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    The Saigon Post office has been built by the French colonisers at the end of the 19th century, as the dates remind it above the main entrance; it was the time of the French third republic, and lots of the public buildings you see in France (schools, prefectures, city halls, post offices, train stations. . . ) were built in a typical style; this style is also present in the former colonies and the post office of Saigon is an example; it is a big welcoming building, where it must be a pleasure to go to the shelters placed on the sides, and buy stamps, give the mail to the employees. . . Just, mail takes lots of time, leaving Vietnam for overseas; I do not know why, but my postcards arrive in Europe always very late after I returned . . . Ah, not very important, the postcards are more for a “hi” or a souvenir, and they arrive finally.
    Uncle Ho smiles, looking at the customers (picture 1), not stressed, under the green-gold-white décor; this employee (picture 2) is just making the check for postcards and stamps I purchased here. You also can buy collection stamps, and for those who like, there are some nice assortments (picture 3).
    Let us now leave the post office, with a last look at the façade and the medallions with the names of great physicists between the closed green windows (picture 4), and a bye to the heroes at the left of the entrance (picture 5). Even you have no mail to send, it is worth to go to the Saigon post office!

    At the counter An employee Stamps (used, for collection) The facade as it looks really! Statues on the other side
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    Do you see the intruder?

    by kokoryko Written Nov 16, 2008

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    Yes there is an intruder on the façade of the post office; if you look at the medallions decorating the buildings you will see the names of famous scientists, most of them having contributed to electricity and telecommunication; do you see him on picture 2? Ampere, Gay Lussac, Volta, Oerstedt, Ohm, Arago, Galvani, Foucault, Franklin, Laplace, . . . and. . . Louis XI! What is this guy doing here? This austere and severe king of France from the end Middle Age, is more known for having integrated Burgundy to France, and for his “orchard” (The Orchard of King Louis –Le verger du Roi Louis, a short song by Georges Brassens inspired from “La Ballade des Pendus”–a poem from François Villon, a great French Middle Age poet); the orchard being the trees on public places in Paris where usual convicts and political opponents were hung. . . His presence here is strange, a shtick from the builders? From the new Vietnamese rulers? I couldn’t find any clue.
    May be there are other strange details to discover at the post office. This is a beautiful colonial building, vast, with a high vaulted ceiling, supported by cast iron pillars and arches designed by Eiffel (yes, the one who built the famous tower); the recent renovation did very well with the colours (first picture). You cannot miss Uncle Ho, of course, placed strategically on the wall opposite the entrance.
    A few old colonial decoration has been kept, like the map showing the telegraphic network of South Vietnam and Cambodia you see on the left when entering (picture 3); at night (picture 4), it looks almost like a baroque construction, and the statues of heroes in the garden left and right of the main entrance (picture 5) look a bit out of place to me!

    Eiffel's job The intruder! An old map of the colony on the wall Entrance at night Local heroes
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    A remarkable post office

    by muratkorman Written Nov 1, 2008

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    Our tour in Ho Chi Minh City started from the famous post office. This remarkable building just attracts you inside and we decided with my wife to send postcards to our parents, something we have never done before. You can see some famous scientist names on left and right wings of the entrance who contributed to development of communication. The post office is next to Notre Dame Cathedral so you can visit both places in one go.

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    Snail mail

    by screamcheese Written Oct 22, 2008

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    There's nothing special in their post office. There's just a huge picture of Ho Chi Minh by the wall. Got to buy cute postcards in here. It's a big place, pretty clean and it's located right across the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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    Post Office

    by kenningst Written Aug 26, 2008

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    It is interesting how this post office has become a tourist spot frequent by people who just want to come here and grab nothing but pictures. I don't blame them especially when they have maintained sure a beautiful architecture with an amazing paiting on the top left and right of the wall upon entering the place ( I think its a painting of the world map). Since its free, no harm just visiting this place.

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    Main Post Office: the most stylish post office

    by tremendopunto Updated Aug 3, 2008

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    Well, dont think of it as just another post office - though you can still send your postcards, letters and parcels to your family and friends all over the world from here. But the rich architecture is from Colonial times, and that means grandiose art.
    You are warmheartedly welcome by a supersize portrait of Uncle Ho inside the hall.

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