Reunification Palace

The Reunification Palace is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions.

Saigon's Reunification Palace was designed by Ngo Viet Thu for South Vietnam's former President, Ngo Dinh Diem, during the American War. The official handover of power took place here on April 30, 1975 and the place became a monument to that fateful date. The highlight is the basement that looks like a wartime movie set. Near Reunification Palace is 30-4 Park, one of the better HCMC green spaces. We recommend you to buy some food or drinks in one of the nearby restaurants, then enjoy it in the shade, on one of the park's benches.

Reunification Palace was once known as Independence Palace before the fall of Saigon to communists. Arguable the most famous moment in its history was in April 1975 when tanks broke through the main gates. Inside, be sure to check out the command bunker dotted with creaky radio equipment and tactical maps pinned to the walls. Put Reunification Palace near the top of your must-see HCMC sights.

The Reunification Palace is located within walking distance from several other point of interests. You can go from there to the Saigon's Post Office or the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you want to do some shopping, it is also not far from the luxury department store Diamond Plaza.


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.


Saigon Central Post Office

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 building’s vaulted roof and arched windows are reminiscent of early European railway stations. An enormous picture of Ho Chi Minh overlooks proceedings.

Sightseeing & Shopping

Even if you don't have a bundle of postcards to send to the relatives back home, you should still drop into Saigon Central Post Office to admire its interior. Check the working phone booths, and the beautiful, handpainted maps on either side of the interior walls that depict Saigon and the surrounding area in 1892, and the former telegraph lines of Cochin China. Souvenirs stalls off either side of the entrance sell the usual memorabilia, including a large selection of fictional "Tintin in Vietnam" covers.

Posting a Letter

This is very much a working post office. You can send letters and parcels (don't wrap them up till you're at the counter), change money, buy stamps and books, and browse a good selection of collector coin and stamp sets. Across the street from Saigon Central Post Office lies Notre Dame Cathedral, so you can explore and photograph both sights in the one visit.

Opening Hours & Entrance Fees

Opening hours: From 8:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m.

These are the opening hours for the working post office if visitors plan to post letters and parcels. For sightseeing however, the building may be accessible until later in the day.

Entrance fee: Free

New Color of the Saigon Central Post Office

The Central Post Office got its new paint job at the end of 2014, but many people are unhappy about it. While the new color sets a nice contrast to the red Notre Dame Church, it is too overwhelming for most.


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