Saigon Central Post Office: A Century-Old Architectural Gem

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With its enduring Western architectural style, the Saigon Post Office, a century-old masterpiece, has secured its place among the top 11 most beautiful post offices worldwide. Recently, it claimed the second spot on the esteemed list compiled by the American magazine Architectural Digest.

Nestled at 2 Paris Commune Square in District 1, this architectural gem was designed by Alfred Foulhoux in the late 1880s and built by the French between 1886 and 1891.

It seamlessly blends European styles, including Gothic, Renaissance, and French influences, with exquisite Asian decor. Tourists are enchanted by its French colonial features, both on the exterior and in the interior decorations.

One of its defining features is the vibrant yellow hue restored in 2015, instantly catching the eye of passersby. The post office’s symmetrical layout consists of two two-story side blocks flanking a three-story central block, all crowned with elegant tiled roofs. The facade is adorned with arched doors, adding to its allure.

At the heart of the post office, a grand clock takes center stage, accompanied by an inscription indicating the year of its construction. Surrounding the clock, white embossed reliefs depict figures adorned with laurel wreaths, adding a touch of elegance.

Elaborate decorative borders, lines, and horizontal patterns grace the office doors. Rectangular stone slabs frame reliefs, each bearing the name of a scientist who made significant contributions to electricity and telegraphy.

Stepping inside, visitors are greeted with a blend of Western European church influences. The expansive lobby ceiling features an arch-shaped structure supported by four iron pillars.

Architectural motifs continue to enchant the post office’s interior. The dome design and carefully calibrated lighting system create a sense of expansiveness and airiness.

Ancient chandeliers grace the ceiling, adding a timeless charm and an antique touch to this architectural masterpiece.

In addition to its European elements, the Post Office incorporates Asian characteristics. The roof motifs draw inspiration from the art found in Khmer temples, harmoniously blending the region’s cultural influences.

To cater to the needs of residents and visitors, public phone booths are conveniently located on both sides of the main lobby. The post office continues to fulfill its primary function of serving the mailing requirements of the people. A dedicated space within the main lobby has been transformed into souvenir shops, where visitors can take home a piece of this architectural marvel.

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