Tuesday, May 13, 2008

Saigon Post Office

On Paris Square across from the Notre Dame Cathedral (next post) in Saigon (Ho Chi Minh City), stands the impressive Post Office. Designed by Gustav Eiffel’s firm, the building was built between 1886 and 1891 and looks more like a railway station, with its stunning vaulted ceilings and skylights.

The grand central pavilion is flanked by two wings where tourists can buy souvenirs and friendly staff play with the toys and musical items.

In the pavilion, huge maps decorate the side walls and....

…..an imposing portrait of Ho Chi Minh stares down on tourists and locals alike from the back wall.

7 comments:

dive said...

Lovely to see Uncle Ho still revered, Jules.
And what a wonderful interior to the building.

alicesg said...

The post office looked so interesting.

Old Wom Tigley said...

What a charming building this is... both inside and out Jules..

Jules said...

Great place for shopping too!!!

nikkipolani said...

A little bit like a mini d'Orsay. These are interesting posts - thank you.

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