Ho Chi Minh City

Saigon Central Post Office

One of the oldest buildings in Ho Chi Minh City, this working post office doubles as a major tourist attraction.

Historical Snail Mail

The Central Post Office was designed by none other than Gustave Eiffel–better known for his famous Eiffel Tower in Paris. Built near the Saigon Notre-Dame Cathedral in the mid-1800s, this prominent example of French colonial architecture is still one of the busiest post offices in the country. Visitors can not only take pictures, but send a postcard as well.

Sights and Souvenirs

Though they’ve painted the exterior of the building a lurid orange-yellow, the interior still aligns to its original French design. Historical maps continue to grace the walls, and the ceiling is supported by green metal columns that twirl into ornate floral designs. While the French influence remains, a large portrait of Ho Chi Minh now dominates the central wall.

Those searching for souvenirs need look no further than the Central Post Office. Two separate stores selling Vietnamese goods have set up shop on either side of the building. Those hoping to send letters home should head to the first counter on the righthand side. The employees speak English fairly well, and will sell visitors the stamps they need.