One of HCMC's most popular attractions, Saigon Central Post Office is the largest post office in Vietnam. Built between 1886 and 1891 by renowned architect Gustave Eiffel, the vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings. Even if you don't have a bundle of postcards to send to the relatives back home, you can still visit Saigon Central Post Office and admire the interior scenery.
It is important to remember that this is a working post office. You can buy stamps, books, souvenirs and collector coin sets inside. Across the street from Saigon Central Post Office lies Notre Dame Cathedral. For shutterbugs this is information worth remembering. Check out the large handpainted maps on either side of the interior walls, one of which reads, 'Saigon et ses environs 1892' - Saigon and its environment 1892.