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Saigon Central Post Office - Symbol of the city

Saigon Central Post Office is one of the typical architectural works of Ho Chi Minh City. Saigon Central Post Office has become an attractive destination for domestic and international tourists. This article will show you many features of this special place.

History of Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon central post office

After arriving in Gia Dinh Citadel, invading Saigon, Government of France established a communication system. In 1860, France built the "Saigon Telegraph-wire Department", which is also known as Saigon Central Post Office, right in the center of the city. The designer of this project is Gustave Eiffel. He is the famous French architect who designed Eiffel Tower (Paris), Statue of Liberty (New York), Long Bien Bridge (Hanoi), Trang Tien Bridge (Hue). In 1863, Saigon Telegraph-wire Department went under construction.

In 1864, the first letters stamped with a picture of a stork on it (“stork stamp” - the first type of stamp appeared in Vietnam) were sent from Saigon to everywhere on the world. In 1886, since it was not enough to meet the gradually increasing demand of people, Saigon Central Post Office was rebuilt based on the design project of Villedieu and his assistant Foulhoux.

In 1891, the new headquarters of Saigon Central Post Office was officially inaugurated.

Saigon central post office

Nowadays, Saigon Central Post Office together with Ben Thanh Market, Ho Chi Minh Opera House, Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, ... make a special complex of relics, becoming symbols that cannot be replaced in the hearts of Saigon people.

Architecture inside Saigon Central Post Office

Inside saigon central post office

The most impressive feature when visiting the interior of the building is the large, curved ceiling arches at the entrance.

Inside saigon central post office

 

Inside the building, there is an arched system close to the main door and the long arch inside. The large arch is supported by four iron pillars located at four corners, each of them supports four iron trusses radiating four sides.

 

saigon central post office

 

The most impressive feature when visiting the interior of the building is the large, curved ceiling arches at the entrance.

 

saigon central post office

 

There are two historical maps on the dome of the hall of the building. On the right, there is a map of Saigon and around 1892 and a map of power lines of Vietnam and Cambodia in 1936 on the opposite side.

 

The Front side saigon central post office

 

The front side of the house is decorated in rectangular boxes, on which the inventors of the telegraph and electricity industry are noted. On the tiles, there are a big clock and many sculptures of people wearing laurels. Below the clock, the starting construction year and the inauguration date of the building are carved.

 

The Front side saigon central post office

 

The front of the post office is decorated with names of several French celebrities such as Laplace, Voltaire, Arage, Gay-Lvssac ...

 

The phone booth in saigon central post office

 

It still maintains 14 phone booths divided into two lines in main halls to serve residents and visitors need to communicate as well as date back to the past time.

 

What can we do at the Central Post Office?

The Activity in saigon central post office

The central post office still operates normally to serve people with modern communication services in addition to many traditional services like fast delivery.

The Activity in saigon central post office

Four rows of large wooden tables lined up inside to serve people who need to send letters and parcels.

The Activity in saigon central post office

Along the corridor of the building, thousands of souvenirs and postcards about Vietnam, as well as Saigon, are sold.

The Activity in saigon central post office

Tourists come here to see the unique architecture of this post office. For many people, this is an ideal base after a tour of Saigon city.

How can we get there?

Obviously, you can get to Saigon Central Post Office by various ways. But here in Saigon, Saigon On Motorbike offer some services that will bring you there. Morning and Afternoon City Historical Tour by Motorbike served by Saigon On Motorbike is a tour that shows your many historical places in Ho Chi Minh City. Not only Saigon Central Post Office, we will drive you to many other places like War Remnants Museum, Notre Dame Cathedral, Saigon Opera House, Jade Emperor Pagoda,… For a reasonable price, you have a chance to explore Saigon and create your own experiences!

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