by Jason Mueller, Guest Post
Saigon is a beautiful conglomeration of different architectural styles and it’s a great place to witness some truly awe-inspiring buildings that still stand today. Some of the designs are not only worthy of the most popular landmark buildings in Saigon, but would also be lovely if used in home designs worldwide to bring a little of Saigon to other locations globally.
If you are considering incorporating those beautiful architectural designs from Saigon into your own home, be sure to consult with a licensed contractor to get the results you want for your home. Below are some of the most impressive places to visit during your travels throughout Vietnam that will inspire you and maybe give you some ideas for your own house.
Ho Chi Minh City Opera House
The Ho Chi Minh City Opera House is a massive building and an excellent example of French architecture in Vietnam. Today it’s used for opera performances, concerts and a variety of other entertainment purposes. It’s worth the visit just to look at and revel in the beautiful features of the building, but there’s a lot going on within it as well.
Vietnam Quoc Tu Pagoda
This building is one of the largest Buddhist temple in all of Vietnam and stretches seven stories into the sky. It’s not the height of the building that’s impressive though, it’s the attention to detail and unique appearance of it. It was constructed back in 1960’s and houses a beautiful Buddha statue today while serving as an attraction in the area and a place for Buddhists to visit.
Saigon Central Post Office
This large central post office is a beautiful example of Gothic architecture in Vietnam, and it was designed by a famous French architect. It shows off a massive picture of Ho Chi Minh, along with a set of French colonial maps of the area. The building is still used for post purposes and there are several counters available inside where workers can help you send out your packages.
Thu Thiem Tunnel
The Thu Thiem tunnel is an architectural marvel that’s exciting to look at. It’s an underwater tunnel that runs right through the Saigon River. It was constructed in 2011 to connect Ho Chi Minh City with the Thu Thiem New Urban Area, making a more convenient path to follow for travelers looking to go from one section of the city to the other. This bridge is sturdy in construction and attractive to look at.
The Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee Building
This building was originally known as the Hotel de Ville and was built in 1908. It’s a good example of French Colonial architecture and still stands today, though you won’t be able to get a look at the inside since it’s considered to be an official government building today.
Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica
This breathtaking building is located right within Paris Square in HCM city. It’s a beautiful cathedral and was originally established by French colonists. This building is a good example of neo-Romanesque architecture and it’s composed of red bricks imported from Marseilles and colored glass that was constructed in the Chartres Province within France.
It’s clear that the French had a profound effect on Vietnam and Saigon specifically, and many of the leading buildings in the city demonstrate some type of French architecture. It’s the type of architecture that takes your breath away, but you could incorporate many of the elements found in Saigon right in your home as well.
About the Author
Jason Mueller loves travel the world and meet new people. He has a fascination with construction and architecture.