Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee is one of the most beautiful architectures and appealing tourist attractions in Saigon. It is constructed as a hotel named Hôtel de Ville de Saïgon by Femand Gardes architect from 1898 to 1909. From 1954 to 1975, it was named as Toa Do Chinh Saigon. It is known as Doc Ly Palace, Xa Tay Palace, or the City Council ‘s working office under the French colonial. The building was called Saigon City Hall from 1954 to 1975. In 1975, it was renamed as Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee. Today, the construction functions as the headquarters of the Ho Chi Minh City’s People’s Committee. Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee features well-preserved French colonial architecture in a spacious beautiful garden landscape. The inspired architectural works imitates bell tower in North France. The top of the building is the famous bell tower which is placed on a pyramid-like pedestal. The bell tower is adapted from Renaissance architecture, it is common to most European town halls. Two symmetrical roofs retain on two sides. Highlights of the building include 3 embossing statues which are images of a woman and a child taming menageries and two other women with their swords in hand. Although the building is strongly influenced by French architecture, it still evokes Vietnamese traditional decor which makes it collect all of the eastern light illuminating the corridors. Inspired by Vietnamese traditional architecture, the entrance into the building is semicircular.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall covers an area of 15 hectares, the facade of buildings is 80 meters wide. The height of the building with basement, rooftop, and the flag tower is equivalent to a 5-story house. The building is home to over 200 rooms, large halls, wide corridors, majestic entrance and it can accommodate 800 people. In front of the building, there is a beautiful spacious garden with flowers, greenery, the statue of Ho Chi Minh with children by the famous Vietnamese sculptor Diep Minh Chau.
Ho Chi Minh City Hall is located at 86 Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1 or 106 Nguyen Du Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1. It is in front of Nguyen Hue Walking Street lined with many famous hotels and restaurants.
It is a few walking minutes from:
- 1.4 km from Bitexco Financial Tower – the second highest building in Saigon and the economic icon of the city;
- 550 m from Rex Hotel with one of the amazing rooftop bars in the city;
- 650 m from Intercontinental Hotel – one of the most luxurious hotels in Ho Chi Minh;
- 800 m from Saigon Opera House with beautiful architecture – a place you can enjoy many amazing shows;
- 1.2 km from Notre Dame Cathedral and Central Post Office – 2 other excellent examples of French-influenced architectures.
Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee is not open to the public so that you can only walk around, admire its beauty from outside, take some great photos. Note that the building is stunning by day and at night so that 5:00 PM is the best time to visit this place. It is worth a visit to Ho Chi Minh City Hall – a beautiful architecture which blends French and Vietnamese architectures, modern and traditional architectures in the city.