Photo: Not your average post office.

Saigon Central Post Office

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The Saigon Post Office is no ordinary place to buy stamps. The building is one of the country's finest examples of French colonial architecture and one of the city’s most recognisable landmarks.

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Located across the street from Notre Dame Cathedral at Cong xa Paris square, the Saigon Central Post Office was designed by French architect Alfred Foulhoux and built between 1886 and 1891. It is often erroneously credited to Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel tower fame.

This is Saigon calling. Photo taken in or around Saigon Central Post Office, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

This is Saigon calling. Photo: Cindy Fan

The elegant building features dramatic flourishes in the form of a large clock and ornaments bearing the names of important scientists. If you can believe it, the post office’s current bright hue was a fix from an even brighter paint job when the building underwent renovations in 2015. The glaring neon canary yellow was met with public outcry and it was repainted to this relatively subtler hue, a bit closer to the original ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 300 words.)

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