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

Disappointing

Reviewed on 2014-07-23

As I had to send a parcel back to France, I took the opportunity to visit one of the most famous monuments of the city, the central post office.

Located just a few meters in front of the well-known Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the central post office has some history to share. It is indeed one of the most famous buildings that remain from the colonial era. In other words, the central post-office is more than just a simple historical monument, it is a symbol.

However, I have to say that, on a purely aesthetic point of view, it is not impressive at all. I am not a specialist but, to my opinion, it is just a post-office that reminds me of some French train stations, nothing to write home about. Nevertheless, it is still nice to see it as a symbol, particularly because it gives a good idea of what could be found in terms of architecture during the colonial era.

Anyway, the service was great, and the parcel arrived pretty quickly in France, after all that is what I was looking for.

This building worth a quick visit but there is no need to linger, a few minutes should be well enough.

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.