Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral
Location: Paris Square, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: Masses are held every Sunday at 9:30 a.m.
Located in a quiet corner of the busy Ho Chi Minh City, Notre Dame Cathedral (Notre-Dame Basilica) is one of the most famous long-age cathedrals in Southern Vietnam. It was built in 1880s by the French colonist and its name was given after the statue of “Peaceful Notre Dame” installed in 1959. Three years later, the cathedral was given its official name of Saigon Notre Dame Cathedral Basilica by the Vatican.
This magnificent building is also among the top tourist attractions in the city thanks to its neo-Romanesque architecture and sacred atmosphere. The building was entirely made from the red bricks imported from France. In front of the main building stands the scared statue of the Virgin Mary. The statue was made in Rome and is famous for having shed tears in 2005.
Saigon Central Post Office
Location: District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 7:00 a.m to 8:00 p.m
As one of the most popular tourist attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon Central Post Office is widely known as the largest post office in Vietnam. It was constructed and completed during 5 years from 1886 and 1891 by Gustave Eiffel, the famous European architect who also designed the famous Eiffel Tower and Statue of Liberty. The Central Post Office is more than a working post office where you can send letters, exchange money, hunt for stamps and books, or even see and photograph the stunning interior architecture. This building is also a historical place where people can experience a fascinating glimpse through the history. You can find out the souvenir shops that sell postcards, lovely souvenirs, and lacquer wares. However, the prices might be higher than elsewhere.
Located beside the Notre Dame Cathedral, the two tourist destinations offer a good opportunity for travelers to visit both in one trip to know more about the life in Vietnam during the reign of Indochinese Empire.