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Central Post Office

2 Công Xã Paris, D. 1 Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
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Central Post Office located in the downtown of Ho Chi Minh City is famous for its architecture, and it was constructed by the French architect Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux in 1886–1891. Its local name is Bưu Điện Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh.

Central Post Office
Central Post Office
Central Post Office

A city symbol

Reviewed on 2013-11-03

For people living in Ho Chi Minh City, The Central Post Office is as unlikely as a spot for tourism as it is to actually being used as a post office. It is more of a symbol of the city, a place to look at and be proud of. The building was designed by the father of the Eiffel tower, the famous architecture Gustave Eiffel. It is the biggest and only neoclassical architecture style post office in Vietnam.

The interior of the post office reminds me of European train stations with high ceilings and old style telephone booths. There are four handicraft shops along the corridors; they sometimes offer cheaper prices for souvenirs than the street shops in tourist areas. As a normal post office, there are some big maps and clocks on the wall which indicate the time of big cities. There is an old friendly man who has been working here for 17 years, he has a lot of interesting stories to tell in case you want to have a little chat when visiting or resting on the benches.

It is located across the street from the Notre Dame cathedral so you can visit both places in one go.