Vietnam

An ‘Eiffel’ Landmark in South East Asia

Vietnam Postoffice

Designed by renowned architect, Gustave Eiffel of ‘Eiffel Tower’ fame, the Saigon Central Post Office is another example of French colonial architecture.  It was built from 1886 to 1891 when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina.  Today, it is the largest functioning post office in Vietnam.  But there is much more here than a classic post office station.  On both sides of the building, there are souvenir shops which are a little bit expensive.  There are also ATM Machines and at the left side are telephone booths and desks for you to write your letters to send. Another good reason to look inside is the massive mural of Saigon in 1892 with old colonial maps of Saigon and Vietnam-Cambodia.  There is also a huge portrait of Ho Chi Minh inside.  You will find this grand building just beside the Notre Dame Cathedral, another lovely old French Colonial style ornate building.  If you are within the area, you can drop by and send your postcards.  But if you have limited time, you can skip this place as there is nothing much here to do other than admire its Gothic architectural design and have a photo at another famous ‘Eiffel’ landmark.

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