From French colonial buildings to modern skyscrapers, the architecture of Ho Chi Minh city is a perfect reflection of the burgeoning metropolitan as well as a place of great historical importance. We have hand-picked some of the most impressive architectures in Ho Chi Minh City that you should visit.
Notre-Dame Cathedral Basilica of Saigon
Located in the heart of District 1, Notre-Dame Cathedral is perhaps the most famous religious destination in Ho Chi Minh City, attracting tourists and local visitors alike. Established by French colonialists in the 1800s, it is the earliest church to be built in Vietnam.
Notre-Dame Cathedral and the Virgin Mary Statue
With its impressive Gothic architecture, the church is not only a place of worship but also a famous attraction for visitors to come marvel at its beauty. All the materials for the church were imported directly from France, and the red color of the bricks are still the same even until today.
Saigon Central Post Office
Right next to the Notre-Dame Cathedral is the Saigon Central Post Office, an iconic feat of French architecture built during the colonial era. Withstanding the test of time, Saigon Central Post Office serves as not only a major historical landmark but also one of the oldest functional government buildings of the city, welcoming hundreds of customers every day.
The post office’s unique yellow exterior elegantly framed in white and green
Despite many sources claiming that it was Gustave Eiffel who designed the post office, it was actually designed by Alfred Foulhoux, who has also made many contributions to the impressive architectures in Ho Chi Minh City.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall
The elegant and sophisticated design of Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Although the building is not opened to the public, the Ho Chi Minh City Hall (also known as Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee) still attracts many visitors with its elegant French architecture. Located at the end of Nguyen Hue Walking Street, the building provides great photo opportunities, especially when it is lit up at night.
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Tan Dinh Church
Tan Dinh church’s famous pink walls
Tan Dinh Church is the second largest church in Ho Chi Minh City, after the Notre-Dame Cathedral. Situated on Hai Ba Trung Street, District 3, the church is notable for its Roman and Gothic architecture. Tan Dinh Church is also a popular Instagram destination for many young people due to its gorgeous bright pink color.
Bitexco Financial Tower
The view of Bitexco Tower over Saigon River
This iconic skyscraper will never leave your sight no matter where you go in Ho Chi Minh City. Located right at the business hub of the city, this lotus-bulb-shaped building is the number one destination for tourists. The highlight of the Bitexco Tower is the Skydeck: an observation deck that offers a 360-degree, panoramic view of the whole city. Guests can also enjoy the view coupled with a fine-dining experience at EON 51 Restaurant and Lounge on floor 50th, 51st, and 52nd.
Landmark 81, the tallest building in Vietnam
Constructed in 2018, Landmark 81 is an impressive feat in architecture: it is currently the highest building in Vietnam as well as Southeast Asia. It is 81-story tall and is located in Binh Thanh District by the Saigon River. The extraordinary height is not the only thing that makes the building stand out, however; the many luxury entertainment and services also attract many people. Landmark 81 comprises many facilities, such as an observatory deck, lounges, restaurants and bars, a shopping center, and even a skating rink. Whether you are looking for a luxury experience or a fun day out, there is undoubtedly something for everyone to enjoy at Landmark 81.
Summary of The Most Impressive Architectures in Ho Chi Minh City
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