Ho Chi Minh City Hall

Ho Chi Minh City Hall
Ho Chi Minh City Hall. Photo by Fathzer

The Ho Chi Minh City Hall is a beautiful built building in the centre of the city. It was originally constructed in 1902 - 1908 by the French and certainly retains some of its French architecture and has been built in a colonial style and was originally known as the Hotel de Ville de Saigon. However it has since been renamed several times and now formally known as the Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Head Office. The Ho Chi Minh City Hall is also known by other different names, such as Saigon City Hall, Saigon Town Hall, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee, Ho Chi Minh City People's Committee Building.

Ho Chi Minh is an immensely important figure in the history of Vietnam and since his death there have been many different dedications to him with his image on all the money, pictures in every school and most homes as well as his body being on displays in the capital Hanoi. Indeed, he has reached almost deity status among many of the Vietnamese people and especially within the ruling communist party so it is of no surprise that the main city hall in Ho Chi Minh City (renamed from Saigon at the end of the war) has the former leaders name attached to it.

The Ho Chi Minh City Hall is a colonial styled building that is very popular with tourists who want to take photographs with the building as a backdrop or outside the grounds. Access to the public is closed aside from standing outside. The real beauty is in the architecture and it is a prime example of a colonial styled structure and it is lit up at night giving off an aesthetically pleasing air. At night it is a beauty to behold as it is lit up and is the main attraction in the surrounding area which leads many people to use it is a good photo opportunity and it is popular for tourists in this regard. Although you are not able to enter the grounds of the Ho Chi Minh City Hall either at day or at night it provides a good chance to have your photograph taken in front of one of the more beautiful buildings in the city.

Getting to the Ho Chi Minh City Hall is easy considering that it is located in District 1. If you start from Le Lai which is where most hotels and tourists will stay and it is also a good reference point then simply turn left at the intersection with Nguyen Thi Nghia and take the second exit on the right at the roundabout which will lead you onto Ly Tu Trong. Head straight along this road past the General Science Library and turn right when you get to the crossroads with Dong Khoi. Take an immediate right again onto Le Thanh Ton where the Ho Chi Minh City Hall will be in view.

It is about 1.5km from Le Lai to the City Hall so walking is recommended due to the short distance however you can get on a bus No 2, 3, 13, 36. This leaves from Le Lai and will costs 5000 VND or 25 cents for a single journey. Get off after 4 stops which will leave you on Le Loi where you simply take the second exit on the left at the roundabout and the City Hall will be in view at the end of the street.

It is best to visit the Ho Chi Minh City Hall at night when it is lit up and there are many small traditional Vietnamese restaurants in the area as well.

If you are visiting during the day and want to combine it with some other attractions then the Reunification Palace is only a few blocks away as is the Notre Dame Cathedral. The Bitexco Financial Tower is also within a short walking distance and has an impressive, if not expensive, Saigon Skydeck that costs around $10 to have panoramic views of the city. Also, if you are heading home soon, then just past the roundabout on Le Loi is a duty free shop.

Even though this attraction is only a short stop to admire the architecture and take some pictures it is in a very central location so easy to get to and recommended if you are in the city.