Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

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    General Post Office (Buu Dien)

    by bpacker Updated Sep 15, 2004

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    If you happen to walk by Notre Dame Cathedral, don't forget to go to this grand old colonial building with a beautiful dome-shaped roof. There's a huge potrait of a smiling Uncle Ho in the backdrop.
    Get your stamps and postcards here, write to you mom so she'll go oh-la-la over the exotic viet stamps.

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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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    Enjoy Legacy Francaise

    by xuessium Written Mar 28, 2005

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    The French had left behind a wealth of architecture in HCMC. The 2 most prominent French legacies have to be the General Post Office and the Notre Dame Cathedral. Both are side by side so you can kill two birds with one stone. I am not much of an architectural person, but both places made for great photography! However, as these 2 spots are almost on any tourist's itinerary, be prepared to contend with crowds!

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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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    Post Office

    by aussirose Written Jul 6, 2006

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    Ho Chi Minh City Post Office

    Well I heard all about it here on vt and wasn't dissapointed. The Post Office in Ho Chi Minh is a beautiful building. Inside the architecture is something else!! A trip to Ho Chi Minh is not complete without posting a card from the Post Office :o)

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    General Post Office

    by TomorrowsAngel Written Dec 31, 2003

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    interior of GPO

    The beautiful colonial General Post Office facing the cathedral square was completed at about the same time as the cathedral (19th century).
    With its huge clock and cavernous interior, the post office has the air of an old-fashioned railway station.
    You can buy stationery, stamp collections and foreign coins, some even left over from the former South Vietanm regime.
    The post office is one of many places where you'll be mobbed by people, including children, selling postcards and other tourist trinkets.

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    Central Post Office

    by SirRichard Written Oct 13, 2003

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    The main entrance

    A very nice colonial building, this Post Office reminds a train station inside. There is a huge Ho Chi Minh portrait at the end of the central hall. Here you can find many new stamps collections,a s well as independent stamp sellers at the main gate. Stamps are a nice and cheap souvenir of Vietnam, there are many of the ?Indochine? times and of the Vietnam War era.
    It is located near the Notre Dame Catedral.

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    Post office

    by heydelin Written May 12, 2013

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    me in an Ao Dai infront of the post office
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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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    A piece of history -- The Post Office

    by shrimp56 Written Aug 18, 2004

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    The post office was built by the French and designed by Gustav Eiffel of tower fame. It looks more like a train station than a post office. One of the highlights is the old map of Indochina. It is right opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral.

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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!

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    Hello Mr Postman

    by perseushermes Updated Oct 20, 2006

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    Lots of stamps to choose!
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    You must post a letter from this post office. It is a cool thing to do in the advent of the internet. Post it to yourself, you mum&dad, your ex?

    The outside view is fantastic let alone the inside of the postoffice. You are greeted by the Great leader himself . A huge photo of him can be seen as you enter.

    I am told it will take 10 days to reach the destination. 10 DAYs! The internet email can take 10secs!

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    City’s Post Office

    by muddybok Written Sep 25, 2004

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    The City Post Office is just next to Notre Dame. You can hop in for some postal & phone services if you happen to done writing some postcard that you purchase from poor orphans (mostly overpriced).

    IDD calls using VoIP are sold at post-office and of course other cyber cafes too.

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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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    the central post office

    by call_me_rhia Written Jul 26, 2007

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    Located opposite Notre Dame Cathedral, the central Post Office is a revelation... excellent French-colonial architecture built between 1886 and 1891 by ... can you guess? Gustave Eiffel. Yes, that Eiffel... the architect of the Eiffel Tower in Paris.

    The building is so long and big that one would think it's a railway station... when you go inside you feel like you are in a gallery.. maybe in the Halles Gallery in Paris. it is still used as a post office, by the way... so everyone can go in and wander around.

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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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