Just across the street from Cathedral Basilica of Our Lady of The Immaculate Conception (originally Cathédrale Notre-Dame de Saïgon) is the majestic building of Saigon Central Post Office that features a neoclassical architectural style.
It looks more like a railway station in Europe than a post office in Southeast Asia. This is one of the reasons it draws countless curious visitors on a daily basis.
Designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux and constructed from 1886 until 1891, one word to aptly describe the post office is “pretty”, as its cream-coloured walls are trimmed with dark green wrought-iron pillars.
The post office still offers mail services today, even as tourists stream in and out, taking photos, sending postcards to themselves, and shopping for Vietnamese souvenirs, under the watchful eye of the late President Ho Chi Minh, through an imposing portrait.
What surprised me was that public writing service is still available here.
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