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Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

The central post office is one of Saigon's iconic architectural works, which welcomes many people and foreign visitors to use postal services and sightseeing daily.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Saigon Central Post Office is one of Ho Chi Minh City's typical buildings, located at No. 2 Cong Xa Paris street (Ben Nghe Ward, District 1).

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

This is a building built by the French from 1886–1891 under the design project of architect Villedieu and assistant Foulhoux. This architecture has a European style combined with Asian decorative features.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

The most impressive feature when visiting inside the building is the large curved arches at the entrance, along with the ceiling.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Inside the building is the 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 supporting four iron trusses radiating four sides. The connecting points between the iron pillars and rafter are elaborately designed, carved with beautiful patterns.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

On the dome in the lobby of the building, there are two historical maps. On the right is a map of Saigon and surrounding areas in 1892, on the left is a map of the power lines of Vietnam and Cambodia in 1936.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Outside, the front of the building is decorated with rectangular cells, honoring inventors of the telegraph and electricity industry. The highlight of the building facade is the big clock in the middle. Below the clock still retains the words telling the year of construction and inauguration of the building.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

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

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Any foreign tourists who once set foot in Saigon cannot ignore this particularly impressive visit.

 

The postal line between Saigon - Qui Nhon - Da Nang - Hue - Vinh - Hanoi 2,000 km long completed on March 22, 1888. In 1889, the Saigon - Bangkok telegraph line was opened to serve the business community. From July 1, 1894, Saigon started using the telephone system.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

This place still maintains 14 phone booths divided into two main halls to serve residents and visitors wishing to communicate as well as nostalgia for a past time.

 

The central post office still operates normally to serve people with modern communication services in addition to many traditional services such as express delivery, souvenir culture, flower delivery, gift delivery ...

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Four rows of large wooden tables lined up inside to serve people who need to send letters and parcels. For many visitors, sending postcards from Saigon Central Post to relatives and friends is a way to keep an interesting memory in this modern time.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Mr. Duong Van Ngo (born in 1930), a former postal worker since 1952, is said to be the last public letter writer in Saigon. Although he has retired for 24 years, the old man, proficient in both English and French, still works here.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

The mindset of "the person who writes letters for the public" is to serve the people until he is no longer in good health, as well as help people remember letters as a bit of nostalgia when the Internet still was not born yet. Each time he wrote a letter, he only took a small payment about 10,000 ~ 20,000 VND (0.5 USD ~ 1 USD).

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

Along the corridor of the building is the area selling thousands of souvenirs and postcards about the country and people of Vietnam and Saigon to serve tourists.

Saigon Central Post Office - an architectural masterpiece over 3 centuries in Saigon.

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

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