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Saigon Central Post Office

The Central Post Office of Saigon (Vietnamese: Bưu điện Trung tâm Sài Gòn, French: Central Post Office of Saïgon) is a post office in the center of Ho Chi Minh City, near the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city’s cathedral. The building was built when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century. It counts on Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. It was built between 1886 and 1891 and is now a tourist attraction.

The front of Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office in 1895
It was designed by Alfred Foulhoux,  but is often mistakenly credited as the work of Gustave Eiffel or a collaboration between Foulhoux and Auguste Henri Vildieu, based in Hanoi. As the historian Tim Doling, of the Architecte constructteur magazine: Revue du monde architectural et artistique of September 15, 1891, commented: “The inauguration of the new Saigon Post Office, which took place on July 14, was postponed until the Governor returned. General. This monument, adorned with a most artistic facade, is extremely well arranged and well equipped for the different services to which it is intended; gives the highest honor for the skill and talent of the distinguished Chief Architect of the colony, M. Foulhoux.


Inside the central post office in Saigon are two painted maps that were created immediately after the post office was built, the first located on the left side of the building is a map of South Vietnam and Cambodia entitled Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam and Cambodia 1892 which translates by “Telegraph lines from southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892”. The second larger map of Saigon is called Saigon et ses environs 1892 which translates to “Saigon and its surroundings 1892

The inside





The outside



How to get there

From Trip Apartment RiverGate Residence take about 9 minutes to get there by car or taxi. The distance of the Grab map is only 1,9km.

  • The cost of Taxi, Grab car : ~45k vnđ ($2,1)
  • The cost of Grab Bike : ~25K vnđ ($1,1)

The price maybe up or down depend on the high traffic at your time.