Thursday, July 11, 2013

Saigon Central Post Office (Ho Chi Minh City) Vietnam


Almost two hours in WAR REMNANTS MUSEUM, we then arrived at Saigon central post office. Built by the renowned architect Gustave Eiffel when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century, this well maintained and stylish building with vaulted roof and arched window is the reminiscent of early European railway stations.



Impressive on the inside as well. One spacious airy open area for easily moving around, unless there are other big tour groups, Saigon Central Post Office ceiling designed with arc shape and carried by two rows of steel pillars, and those colonial period phone booth which have been converted to ATM machine booths are admirable. Not many around, not in my country Malaysia though, on the grand concourse walls of Saigon Central Post Office is the fascinating historic maps of South Vietnam, Saigon and Cholon. A mosaic of Ho Chi Minh takes pride at the end of the barrel-vaulted hall, Saigon Post Office now offers all kinds of traditional postal services like mailing, selling postcards or stamps and also foreign money exchange. 




You can pick up souvenirs from the stalls lined on both sides after the entrance, but seriously, I just glimpsed prior to existing from Saigon Central Post Office. That's about it, just less than 10 minutes.


Thereafter, since we had another 20 minutes in hand, I crossed the busy road and stood in front of the Notre Dame Cathedral. A mini replica of its counterpart in Paris and built in 1880 as a symbol of the French occupation in Vietnam. I was rather disappointed because church was close. A couple of pictures and we left for lunch.





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15 comments:

  1. wow Nava nice insight on Ho chi minh city..... seems u r travelling these days....conversion of telephone booth into atm m/c is like a smart move. This was informative to know that french ruled vietnam for some time...addition to my general knowledge....

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  2. Very very lovely post and nice write up Java... the clicks are excellent...

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  3. Ohh those two statues look majestic and bold! Love the idea of turning phone booth into plethora of ATMs! Imagine, 50 years from now, what will happen to these ATM machines? what will they turn those into? Hmm..would be interesting!
    Souvenirs are a great way of gifting the loved ones back home, but the real ones are too darn costly - but yes, can save the day with knickknacks, something to reminisce.
    Cathedral looks serene.
    Very nice clicks, Nava!

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  4. Nice write up.. Awesome clicks especially I love the telephone booth ..

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  5. lovely and informative post..nice clicks...

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  6. really interesting post with nice photographs...I really like that idea of converting the old telephone booths to ATM booths...Love the Architecture with French influence.
    Ho Chi Min City is one of the places I want to travel one day,this post made me so eager to experience these places soon...

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  7. I've to say those telephone booths are gorgeous! I love how they've converted them into some privacy booths for the ATM machines.

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  8. Wow!Love the large clock at the entrance.

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  9. What a culturally beautiful place :D
    Love this!

    Cheers
    CCU

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  10. wonderful statues and well maintained office with past assets...i think you are having great fun travelling

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  11. How wonderful to see pictures of places that I may never visit. Beautiful shots. Too bad the church was closed. The clusters of flowers planted in front are also very pretty!

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  12. I went to this post office to send out postcards and surprisingly, the post office was amazing incredible and marvellous. Love the design.

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  13. Nice write up Nava ! Loved the pics ! I feel like I've visited it in person :)

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  14. Must make it a point to visit this post office when I visit this year...and send myself a postcard:D

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