I - Architecture
Saigon Central Post Office of Ho Chi Minh City is at 125 Hai Ba Trung, Ben Nghe ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City or on the other side is address 2 Cong Xa Paris, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, City Ho Chi Minh.
The overall exterior of the post office is a highly symmetrical building with a clock placed in the center. Above the clock is a figure wearing a laurel wreath with the name of the post office. From the center stretched to the sides are rectangular cells. Each box is engraved with the names of the inventors of the electricity and telegraph industries.
Architecture of the central post office in Saigon (Source: Kenh14)
Go inside the post office, right in the middle above is a picture of President Ho Chi Minh. Overlooking the two straight green iron pillars with wooden chairs for people to sit to rest when trading or visiting. On the walls on either side are two skillfully and meticulously drawn Saigon historical maps. Looking up at the ceiling is a very sophisticated arched architecture. Next to the wall, there are also ancient telephone boxes and mailboxes to help visitors remember the old times of Vietnam. In addition, visitors can buy a lot of souvenirs about Saigon and Vietnam at the souvenir stalls in the corridor near the main entrance to the building.
II - Guide to visit the Saigon central post office
1 - Opening hours and fares
The opening hours: from 7:00 a.m. to 7:00 p.m. from Monday to Friday, Saturday opens at 7:00 a.m. to 6:00 p.m., and Sunday opens from 8:00 p.m. to 6 p.m.
Admission is free.
2 - Service provided
Currently, the post office provides many important services such as: developing public postal network, providing public postal services; courier at home and abroad; to be an agent providing telecommunications and information technology services; supply chain management services; postal services, press releases, .. and many other diverse fields not only in the postal sector.
3 - Things to do
Traveling to Ho Chi Minh city, tourists can visit the central post office by motorbike or taxi as the fastest or also take bus routes 03, 19, 39, ... and get off at the central post office, stop and walk about 15-20 minutes to arrive. Time to visit the post office is about 1-2 hours.
There are four main activities you can do when you get here, namely:
Visiting Saigon central post office architecture: visitors can take a few check-in Figures to keep beautiful pictures of the architecture both outside and inside this building.
Stamp collection: visitors can choose for themselves special stamps that are stamped by the post office of Ho Chi Minh City.
Stamp collection (Source: Internet)
Thanks to handwritten letters: visitors can find Duong Van Ngo - the oldest handwriter in Saigon - and thanks to her handwritten letters, maybe in both English and French, the letter can bring luck or simply to keep memories when coming here.
Buying souvenirs: visitors can visit the souvenir stalls and buy typical items of the post office such as postcards, figure art paintings, unique handicrafts,... with prices ranging from 50,000 to 2,700. 000 VND (2.16- 116.38 USD)
Around the central post office there are many street foods such as coffee, cotton candy, mixed rice paper, baked rice paper, quail eggs, guava-sugarcane mombin,... If you go sightseeing at night, then you can enjoy some snacks while watching the city which is also very interesting.
4 - Places to visit nearby Ho Chi Minh central post office
Visiting the central post office usually only takes 1-2 hours, so then visitors can combine to visit some of the famous places of Saigon nearby such as:
Notre Dame Cathedral (Source: Ins @chupchoetsaigon)
Notre Dame Cathedral in Saigon: located only about 14m, just opposite the post office on Paris Cong Xa Street
Located about 70m away is Nguyen Van Binh book street
Saigon Opera House: located at 7 Cong Truong Lam Son Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
A little further is the Independence Palace, about 550m away, 600m to the northwest is Ho Con Rua.
Ho Chi Minh Museum is only about 900m from the post office.
Saigon Central Post Office is one of the typical projects of Ho Chi Minh City. This place will bring visitors back with memories of a time in South Vietnam. Therefore, when coming to Saigon, don’t miss this interesting sightseeing place.