Central Post Office (Bưu Điện Trung Tâm) - Asia Travel & Leisure

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Central Post Office (Bưu Điện Trung Tâm)

Central Post Office is the main post office in the Ho Chi Minh City, located near Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city's main church. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century. It has a neoclassical architectural style. It was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. 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.

Notes:
Address: 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Location: in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City’s government quarter
Highlights:
Besides being a fine example of colonial architecture, the Post Office is still completely functional. You can send and receive mail, buy stamps and postcards, or use the phone bank to make international calls.

While it’s a great spot to buy some small souvenirs, or to send a quick postcard home, the most intriguing service offered is found under the portrait of Uncle Ho. At the table for Information and Writing Assistance, you may have the opportunity to meet Saigon’s last letter writer. Duong Van Ngo has been translating Vietnamese letters into English and French for over a decade. Fluent in three languages, he is surprisingly eager to talk to tourists, offering both stories and advice.

If you’re in the area, the Post Office is within walking distance of most of District 1’s highlights. Besides being spitting distance from Notre Dame, you are also only a 10-minute walk from the Saigon Opera House and the People’s Committee Building, the city’s other great examples of French architecture. You’re also close to quite a few of Saigon’s better museums; the Reunification Palace is only a few blocks away, while both the Museum of Ho Chi Minh and Museum are within walking range.