Another must-see tourist attraction in Saigon is the City Hall. Located at Le Thanh Ton Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, this prominent landmark is an example of French colonial architecture designed by famous French Architect named Femand Gardes. It was built between 1898 to 1908 and became operational in 1909 as a hotel known then as Hotel de Ville de Saigon. Later on, it was renamed and became known as Saigon City Hall from 1954 to 1975. Since April 30, 1975 until today, it has been the headquarter of Ho Chi Minh People’s Committee.
With just a few minutes away from Bitexco Financial Tower, you can either walk or take a bike ride to the City Hall. If you yearn for to see the lavish style and capture the rare harmonious combination of the modern and traditional design of the building it is best to drop by during the day. At night time, you will be stunned to see its majestic ancient beauty as it glimmers like a castle in the dark.
Ho Chi Minh has a lot to offer to its local and foreign tourists and travelers. This lively and dynamic city propounds a glimpse of the past that you can reminisce and cherish today. As my sister and I walked on the streets of Saigon and passed by the old buildings, I couldn’t help myself but to ruminate on historical events that the city had gone through.