The Grand Post Office of Ho Chi Minh City   Leave a comment

The Grand Post Office of Ho Chi Minh City
Fernand Linet
After stirring my memory last night of 30 May, 2015, I dedicate this blog to the father Mr. Fernand Linet of my good friend Bertrand Linet. From Bertrand’s narration his father worked in this Post Office in Ho Chi Minh City during the French Colonial times for 2 years. The engineer Alexandre Gustave Eiffel (of the Eiffel Tower in Paris’ fame) was attributed as the designer. Thanks for the history which you had told me some months back on the Saigon Central Post Office.

Actually the Grand Post Office (my personal description) is known as Saigon Central Post Office. It is more of a tourist site than a Post Office in primary function nowadays. We can see so many foreign tourists at this building taking photographs. At two wings of this Central Post Office are located two souvenir shops. There were also Vietnamese souvenir vendors outside the building. I decided to buy extra souvenirs as giveaways from a handicapped male vendor and to my surprise, it was so much reasonably priced than inside the building! The interior of the Post Office was amazing arch-shaped steel structures and in the middle of the front wall facing the main doors, a portrait of Mr. Ho Chi Minh staring down on the bee-hive of activities within the Post Office.

From Wikipedia:-
Saigon Central Post Office (Vietnamese: Bưu điện Trung tâm Sài Gòn, French: Poste centrale de Saïgon) is a post office in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City, near Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city’s cathedral. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a neoclassical architectural style. The architecture of the post office is due to the plans of Auguste Henri Vildieu and his assistant Alfred Foulhoux. The authorship of this building is often attributed to Gustave Eiffel, which is wrong. Only the steel structure was designed by Gustave Eiffel. Auguste Henri Villedieu was the French architectural adjutant in Hanoi while that city was an administrative center for the French colony of Indochina. Today, the building is a tourist attraction.

Inside the Saigon Central Post office of special note are two painted maps that were created just after the post office was first built, the first one located on the left side of the building is a map of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia titled ‘Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et Cambodge 1892′ which translates to ‘Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892” The second map of greater Saigon is titled ‘Saigon et ses environs 1892′ translating to ‘Sai Gon and its environment 1892′

It was constructed between 1886-1891.

From Vietnam Travel City article:-
The Saigon Central Post Office (Bưu điện thành phố Hồ Chí Minh) is located in District 1 of Saigon (now Ho Chi Minh City) directly across the road from Saigon’s Notre dame cathedral and within walking distance from other recommended District 1 attractions such as Ben Thanh Market, Reunification Place and the War Remnants Museum
Saigon Central Post Office was designed and constructed by the famous French architect Gustave Eiffel (yes of Eiffel tower and Statue of Liberty fame) construction of this great Gothic architectural styled building began in 1886 and was completed in 1891
Entering the Post office you are faced with a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh and along the side wall there are there are old French colonial maps the first of which titled ‘Lignes telegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et Cambodge 1936′ translating to ‘Telegraphic lines of Southern Vietnam and Cambodia 1892. And the second is titled ‘Saigon et ses environs 1892′ Translating to ‘Sai Gon and its environment 1892′
If you are interested in sending a postcard the centre counter has plenty of postcard packs at fairly good prices, after you have purchased and filled in just head to one of the first few maned counters on the left side of the building to purchase a postage stamp.
Getting to Saigon Central Post Office
Saigon Central Post Office is located at 2 Công xã Paris, Bến Nghé, Quận 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam and is walking distance from all district 1 hotels, also if you don’t fell like the walk hop onto any of the following buses leaving from Ben Thanh Bus Interchange. All of these buses will take you past the door of the Saigon Central Post Office as well as Notre-Dame Cathedral 3,18,19,26,42,50,52

Saigon Central Post Office is open from 8:00 am until 5:00 pm every day and entry is free


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