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HCMC POST OFFICE-AMONG 11 MOST BEAUTIFUL POST OFFICE IN THE WORLD

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The Central Post Office The Central Post Office

This is one of the famous architectural works in Sai Gon, bearing many characteristics of European architectural style combined with Asian architecture.

SAI GON CENTRAL POST OFFICE
RANKS 2ND AMONG THE 11 MOST BEAUTIFUL POST OFFICES IN THE WORLD

Ho Chi Minh City is one of the places where many typical French architectural works were built in Vietnam. A famous attraction with beautiful Renaissance architecture in Sai Gon, with artistic architectural works with a history of more than 100 years to this day. That is the Sai Gon Central Post Office.

Where is the Sai Gon Central Post Office?

Saigon Central Post Office is located at 2 Paris Commune Square, District 1, City. HCM, opposite the Notre Dame Cathedral. This is one of the famous architectural works in Sai Gon, bearing many characteristics of European architectural style combined with Asian architecture. It is not only a functioning post office but also a popular tourist attraction due to its beautiful architecture and historical significance. Here are some key points about the Saigon Central Post Office.

Saigon Central Post Office- One of the famous architectural works in Sai Gon
Saigon Central Post Office- One of the famous architectural works in Sai Gon
  • Opening hours:

From Monday to Friday: 7 am - 6 pm

Saturday: 7 am - 6 pm

Sunday: 8 am - 5 pm

  • Entrance fee: Free

The outside of the building has a balanced layout with two side blocks of 2 floors, a middle block of 3 floors, and a sloping tiled roof. On the facade, there are many elaborately decorated arched rolling doors. The original color of the building is pale yellow, combined with white moldings and reliefs and green louvered windows. Creating a scene in harmony with the surrounding landscape, creating a highlight in the urban space. Between the ground floor - windows are reliefs that hug the entire rectangular stone slab. On each stone, slab is engraved the name of a scientist who has made great contributions to human civilization in the field of electricity and telegraphy. Among the names engraved on the rectangular frames are US president Benjamin Franklin, Italian inventor Alessandro Volta, British physicist Michael Faraday, French mathematician Galvani, and many other famous names. In addition, on the capitals of the columns between the arches are reliefs of many other gods in Greek mythology such as the horse god and the sea god, or the goddess of victory and speed. The Post Office's combination of royal European style and liberal Asian style is reflected in decorative motifs on the roof inspired by Khmer temple art.

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The Sai Gon central Pots Office
The Sai Gon central Pots Office

Saigon Central Post Office was designed by which architect?

There is a lot of information about the architect who designed the Saigon Central Post Office. The construction of the Saigon Central Post Office began in 1886 and was completed in 1891 during the French colonial period in Vietnam. At the time, Vietnam was part of French Indochina, and the French colonial administration aimed to establish modern infrastructure in its colonies. It was designed by French architect Gustave Eiffel, who is best known for designing the Eiffel Tower in Paris. The building reflects a unique blend of French colonial and Gothic architectural styles. There are other sources that record: Central Post Office Saigon was designed according to drawings by architect Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux. If we review the construction stages of the Saigon Central Post Office, we can see the initial construction and inauguration were led by architect Gustave Eiffel, after 23 years, architect Villedieu and his assistants Foulhuox designed and built a new building.

The old Ho Chi Minh Post Office
The old Ho Chi Minh Post Office 

Design and Features:

The exterior of the post office is characterized by its grand arched windows, decorative ironwork, and a large clock that is reminiscent of a railway station clock. Inside, visitors can admire the high vaulted ceilings, elegant arches, and a large map of the region that dates back to the early 20th century.

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A large clock that is reminiscent of a railway station clock
A large clock that is reminiscent of a railway station clock

Early Years:

When it first opened, the Saigon Central Post Office served as the main postal facility for the city and the surrounding areas. Its strategic location near the Notre-Dame Cathedral and the city center contributed to its importance as a communication hub.

The Notre-Dame Cathedral
The Notre-Dame Cathedral

Functionality and Expansion:

The post office has continued to function as a central hub for postal services over the decades. As the city of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) grew and developed, the post office played a crucial role in handling the increasing volume of mail and serving the needs of the growing population.

War Years:

During the Vietnam War (1955-1975), the Saigon Central Post Office, like many other buildings in the city, was affected by the conflict. However, it managed to survive the war relatively intact.

Post-Reunification Period:

After the fall of Saigon in 1975 and the reunification of North and South Vietnam, the Saigon Central Post Office continued its operations under the new government. The post office underwent renovations and maintenance to preserve its historical and architectural significance.

Inside the Post Office
Inside the Post Office

Tourist Attraction:

In more recent years, the Saigon Central Post Office has become a popular tourist attraction, drawing visitors from around the world who are interested in its architectural beauty and historical context. The building's unique design and the fact that it was created by Gustave Eiffel contribute to its appeal. Tourist attraction: In recent years, Saigon Central Post Office has become a tourist attraction, attracting visitors from around the world interested in its architectural beauty and historical context. It. The building's unique design and the fact that it was created by Gustave Eiffel contribute to its appeal. In addition, you can also join city tours to fully explore and see the beauty of a city named Uncle Ho (Ho Chi Minh City).

Ho Chi Minh city tour
Ho Chi Minh city tour

Throughout its history, the Saigon Central Post Office has witnessed the transformation of Saigon into Ho Chi Minh City and has remained an enduring symbol of the city's past. Its architectural elegance and historical importance make it a landmark that is not only a functional postal facility but also a cultural and historical treasure.

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