Saigon station in Ho Chi Minh City, photographed in 2011.
Saigon Railway Station is a railway station in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. This station is the largest and most important railroad transportation hub of Vietnam as Ho Chi Minh City is the largest city and the economic center of Vietnam. The original station was located across from Ben Thanh Market in District 1 and the current station, originally a baggage holding and shipping center, was constructed in early 1930s by the French colonists, as part of the Hanoi-Saigon Railway. The station is situated around 1 km from downtown. Due to the requirements of urban planning, the city government is considering the relocation to the city outskirt of this station in Binh Trieu (Binh Trieu Railway Station). Every year, 1–2 months before Tết, there are always thousands of people queuing here all day to buy tickets home as this is the main booking office of Vietnam Railway Station Corporation, though electronic booking machines have been adopted, these queues continue due to the monopoly. Another more convenient booking office is located at 275c Pham Ngo Lao.
Despite the city being named Ho Chi Minh City after the war, the name of the station has remained the same as ever.