Saigon Central Post Office, in Vietnamese we call Bưu điện Trung tâm Sài Gòn, is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City – at number 2, Paris Commune Street, District 1 and nearly opposite Saigon Notre Dame Basilica, the city’s grand cathedral. 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 in Ho Chi Minh City.
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.
The old Saigon post office opens from 7.00 AM to 7:00 PM and starts to serve anyone who plans to post letters or parcels as well as make a telegraph call. For sightseeing, however, the building may be accessible until later in the day.
Sightseeing entrance is free of charge.