Ho Chi Minh City Attraction: Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Saigon Central Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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.

sweet interior
sweet interior
 imposing portrait of the late President Ho Chi Minh
imposing portrait of the late President Ho Chi Minh

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.

one of the many post office counters
one of the many post office counters
souvenirs for sale
souvenirs for sale

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.

close-up of popular Vietnamese souvenirs
close-up of popular Vietnamese souvenirs
floor tiles
floor tiles

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.

public writing service available
public writing service available

What surprised me was that public writing service is still available here.

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