Monday, January 16, 2012

Vietnam 7: The Saigon Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral

by Pa Rock 
The Saigon Post Office.  Loc and Murphy in foreground.

Our last tour event of the first full day in Vietnam was a stop at the Saigon Post Office and Notre Dame Cathedral.  The large ornate post office was designed by Mr. Eiffel of Eiffel Tower fame.  The cathedral sits across the street on a prime piece of downtown Saigon real estate.  Our guide, Loc, told us that the Catholics and Protestants both wanted to build a large church on that site.  They settled the matter through a game of cards which the Catholics won.  Clearly that would have been an act of God!

Saigon's Notre Dame Cathedral
The happy couple posing outside of the cahtedral.
The post office had a very large Christmas tree in the lobby, along with an immense gift shop.  There were also numerous windows for mailing packages, letters, and postcards.  The cathedral had a mass in progress, and a young couple in wedding garb outside posing for pictures.

By the time we headed back to the hotel, we had enjoyed a very long day in and around the old capital city of South Vietnam.

Side view of the cathedral.
Sunflowers outside of cathedral.

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