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Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City

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Completed in 1891, when Vietnam was still part of French Indochina, Central Post Office boasts a fusion of Gothic, Renaissance, and French architectural influences. The building's unmistakably European marble floors and looping arches serve as a reminder of the colonial influence on the region. Look for the antiquated telephone boxes and maps painted on the walls depicting the telegraph lines that crisscrossed Vietnam and Cambodia. You can use this still-operational post office to send postcards from the onsite souvenir shops to relatives and friends. A visit to Central Post Office represents just the start of the adventure when you use our Ho Chi Minh City trip itinerary builder to plot your vacation.
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  • Must see French style classic colonial architecture just like Paris, always busy with tourists and locals and street vendors. Just added McDonald's on left side and Dunkin doughnuts on other side  more »
  • Notre Dame and Post Office in one stop!.. inside post office is an amazing step back in time.. well conserved.  more »
  • And met the oldest letter writer , spoke fluent French. Nice to also see that they have kept the old telephone booths.  more »
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  • As a functioning post office, it's horrible. I called their hotline, the automated machine asked me to wait on the line and then it hung up on me. There's no lines, so people are pushing and shoving (even foreigners). I speak some Vietnamese, but I can't read. When I asked them about prices, they told me to go look at their website. I told them I can't read Vietnamese, they told me to go look at their website, again. Instead of repainting the building, they should have focused on other priorities. #Vietnam.
  • Good sightseeing spot for picture taking and to send someone a greeting post card. There are tables and a postcard counter for visitors to buy and send post cards. For once surprise your love ones with a hand written postcard. When were the last time you did that? Lol!
  • The exterior is actually good. But I loved their interior as well. Its crowded with tourists and locals all-day. Also, it is located accross Notre Dame Cathedral so location is very accessible. A must-see tourist spot too. They also have a souvenir shop inside.
  • Fascinating architecture, I particularly loved the colonial period phone booths which has been converted to ATM booths. There's also some stalls selling knick knacks on both sides after the entrance. Well maintained to draw tourists, 10 minutes the most, I was out already. Still functioning though as a post office till this day.
  • It's nice to come during the day and visit when the Post Office is operating. There's a section selling souvenirs where you can pick up post cards and such. Then there is a central sitting area by the postal counters. It's just nice sitting for a little while and looking at people going on their daily postal life. The building is beautiful with a fresh coat of paint. And there is a big portrait of Ho Chih Minh overlooking the entire hall. Good place to visit since it's in the vicinity of many other attractions in town.

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