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City Hall – Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee

The Saigon City Hall is one of the famous landmarks of Ho Chi Minh City and is now well-known as the People’s Committee Building. The building was built from 1902 to 1908 and put into use in 1909 as a hotel whose original name was Hotel de Ville de Saigon. It was designed by Femand Gardes’s, a famous French architecture. In the brief span of time between 1954 and 1975 it was renamed the City Hall of Saigon. Since 1975 the building has been called the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Building.

This building is thus one of the oldest, biggest and most beautiful French style buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, functioning both as a city institution and as the city’s most prominent landmark today.

At first glance, it’s seen as a simple and beautiful old monument with 3 main buildings. The middle is the highest among the three, creating a balanced structure. There are also 3 statues that were embossed on the building. In the middle, it’s a woman and children who were taming the furious animals. On the left and right side of the building, there were 2 women holding swords who are ready to fight. Adding to the majestic ancient beauty of the building were the delicate bass-relieves on the walls, popular feature of French colonial style.

In front of the building, lying a small yard with many trees, flowers and especially the statue named “Uncle Ho and children” made by artist Nguyen Minh Chau. The statue was made to show the love and respect of Vietnamese people to the greatest leader Ho Chi Minh as well as to remind us of his loving children personality. Especially at night, the whole construction is spectacularly illuminated and looks beautiful like a castle in the dark.

Nowadays, although the building is for government workplace, it is not open for tourists to visit inside to view completely the beauty of the architecture but the building itself is quite impressive for tourist from the outside.

Notes:
Address: 86 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Location: in the heart of centre, just 5-10 minutes from Ben Thanh market and Opera House.

If you stay in hotels in District 1, you have a chance to visit and admire the beautiful and unique design of the building. It does not take you much time to walk there.

Entrance fee: No