There are three most attractive historic places for tourists in Saigon. Those are, Saigon central cathedral, Saigon opera house and Saigon central post office. To know about the old Saigon, those are must-visit places.
Back in the 19th century, right after the French colonists had taken the Gia Định fortress, they established an information-communication system, and Saigon central post office was a part of it. It was called “The steel wire house” because of its web of telegram wire.
– November 11, 1860, the post office was established.
– January 13, 1863, it officially ran and issue “the stork”. At that time, Saigonese addressed the stamps as “the stork”.
– One year later, Saigonese started to post their mail via “the steel wire house”.
It was designed by the Gothic style and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in harmony with the surrounding area. Gustave Eiffel was also designed the more famous construction – The Eiffel tower in Paris. Therefore, of course, the building, with the mix of Western and Eastern style is one of the most impressive building of the city. Standing next to the Saigon central cathedral, they make one of the most beautiful space for the city.
Inside of the post office, there are two historic maps which are very old. “Saigon et ses environs 1892” and “Lignes télegraphiques du Sud Vietnam et du Cambodge 1936”.
Up to now, it is still in business.
On of the two historic map
The outside look
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