December 28, 2013

Saigon Central Post Office . Ho Chi Minh

I wonder when can I complete my Ho Chi Minh post, it seems like I still have few posts to update; I'll just skip all the food post in Ho Chi Minh and only focus on le attractions. Before the trip, I did some simple research, and jotted down few must-go-attraction.
Here is it - Saigon Central Post Office in the downtown of HCM city. Love the first photo to the max as if there is no tree block the view in the middle. Argh, why no one chop the tree down? Laugh. The building is not so Vietnam-feel because of its neoclassical architectural style and it was constructed when Vietnam is part of the French Indochina in the early 20th century. It was actually designed and constructed by Gustave Eiffel (he is best-known for the world-famous Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty); when I knew about this, I told the gang that even how rush is our trip, I must also go there to pay a visit. I made it at last!
If I didn't tell you this is just a post office, you will thought it was a London-style train station from the exterior. This is the first time in my life to visit such a huge post office; even the interior looks delicacy enough with all the tiny details. They hang Ho Chi Minh's portrait in the middle of the post office. If you did not have enough shopping on the souvenirs, here you have another spot to grab it but the price is slightly higher. You will see some partitions on your left and right once you step inside the post office; on your left you can actually make international call by using their phone, whereas on your right they turn it into the ATM machines. Brilliant idea.
To send some postcards from here was my objective, spent half hour sitting at the bench to finish them. I sent out 8 postcards, all my friends got it but sadly mine one lost its way back to my home. My collection isn't complete without this. How sad! If you happen to be here someday, please send me one postcard, laugh. Luckily I bought one set of postcards for collection, this little bit console my lost.
The 2 statues being ignored by most of the visitors which located on the left and right of the post office. The message that wanted to bring out from these statue is the peace after the war. I really didn't saw much people walk over here to snap one or two. 
The beauteous of the post office make it a hot spot for wedding photo shooting. Look at the lovely couple, how sweet. 
Quote of the day: When God closes a door, He opens a window.

2 Cong xa Paris, Ben Nghe, tp. Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.

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Three days more to start my new life completely.