City Hall

In the centre of HCMC, at the end of Nguyen Hue, sits the magnificent office of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee. Completed in 1908 by the French, the former Hotel de Ville's design is based on the Paris original. It remains as one of the most stunning colonial monuments especially when floodlit at night. Make sure to visit the statue of Ho Chi Minh on the /median strip outside.

Keep in mind that because Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee is a working government building, the public is not allowed inside. However, don't let that stop you from taking a bazillion photos of the photogenic cream and yellow architecture from outside the building. On the roof is a bell tower placed on a pyramid-shaped podium. Pose outside the building and snap some memorable shots of one of Saigon's most famous landmarks.

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The Archbishop's Palace

With its imposing exterior, replete with wooden shutters and balconies, the Archbishop's Palace was originally built in 1790 for the French Bishop of Adran, it was relocated in 1946 to its current site. This colonial wonder is one of the best maintained examples of French architecture in Saigon.

If you want to visit a fine example of HCMC colonial architecture, look no further than The Archbishop's Palace. The property is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu in District 3, Saigon. Its original appearance and shape have not been altered for over 200 years. 

On the same site, you will also be able to view a smaller wooden house, which is regarded to be the oldest building in Saigon. In 1980, workmen replaced the insides of the insect-eaten pillar wood with reinforced concrete. They managed to keep the outer wood shell though, so the appearance is one of antiquity.

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