Saigon Central Post Office is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. Built around 1886 – 1891 when Vietnam was part of French Indochina and based on the design of Gustave Eiffel, a famous French architect, together with his collaborator Alfred Foulhoux, it is the largest post office in Vietnam and a must-go tourist attraction for centuries.
What makes it different from any other post offices is that Saigon Central Post Office is a combination, a mixture, of Gothic, Renaissance and French influences, which fascinates tourists by its typical colonial French features, from exterior to interior decorations.
Standing in front of Saigon Central Post Office for the first time, visitors may feel that they’re brought back to 20th century railway station in Europe rather than a post office in an Asian country due to its glamorous design considering its arched windows creatively designed with engaged piers, green window shutters or the main entrance with intricate ironwork. The facade retaining cubic structure with the arches above the entrance has recorded the names and faces of the characters, representatives of French celebrities. Among these names is the President of the United States Benjamin Franklin, the Italian inventor Alessandro Volta, the British physicist Michael Faraday, French mathematician André-Marie Ampère, Gay Lussac, Oerstedt, Ohm, Arago, Galvani, Foucault, and Laplace. Together with the names and the faces, there are also some inscriptions, which he would like to dedicate these illustrious characters related to discoveries and advances in the field of electricity.