Saigon Central Post Office

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Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

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′[1]

Interior of the Central Post Office

Coordinates: 10°46′48″N 106°42′0″E / 10.78000°N 106.70000°E / 10.78000; 106.70000

It was constructed between 1886-1891.

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