Tuesday, October 11, 2011

Touring Vietnam

October 6-10, 2011
Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam

The beautiful Central Post Office across the road from the Notre Dame Cathedral is one of the best looking colonial public buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the early 20th century.

It became a tourist destination with its Gothic architectural style which was designed and constructed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame.

The interior is also worth a visit; huge ceilings, a giant portrait of Uncle Ho and many beautiful details and decorations.

The famous church, which was constructed during 1877 and 1833 by the French, serves as the nation's Catholic center. The history of the church says that the materials used in its construction were imported from France- Notre Dame with Virgin Maria.

The once residence of the Governor Generals of Indochina, the Reunification Palace in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, has a spacious complex with 100. rooms and total area exceeding 2,000 square meter. Its finest decorations and the rich collection of contemporary Vietnamese art and craft, make it one of the most popular tourist destinations in the city

The Historical Museum: Located inside the renowned botanical garden of the city, this museum has a rich collection of data and objects belonging to some ancient civilizations in the Mekong Delta namely Oc Eo (Funan).

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