Tourist Sight seeing
Start with the nearest point, The Fine Art Museum is at 97 Pho Duc Chinh street, just across the circle around from the Southern Gate of Ben Thanh market. It is the architectural construction in the French Colonial time in 1929. Here mainly displays finest pieces of artwork of famous artists in Vietnam. This Fine Art Museum is divided into 3 sections with 3 floors: the first floor is to display contemporary art; the second one is to exhibit features, statues and paintings and the third one displays older works from Vietnam's history.
From the southern gate of Ben Thanh market, you turn left, going along the Le Loi street and then you will see the Saigon Opera House only 1 kilometer away. It is seen as one of the famous symbols of Ho Chi Minh city. This great construction was built in 1897 in French Colonial architecture. There are hundreds of shows performed yearly with ticket fee required. People are interested in seating front of this building to watch action of Saigon citizens or just to pose some nice pictures. We assure that anyone cannot keep an eye off its when passing by here.
From The Opera House, turning right to Dong Khoi street and walking straight about 5 minutes, you will see the Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica and the City Post Office. Those ones were also built in French Colonial architecture over 150 years ago. The Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica has two bell towers with over 58 meters height. In the French Colonial period, it was established for religious services of French Colonists. In front of the church, there is a small garden with a statue of Notre-Dame standing. Saigon people often come here and pray every weekend.
Next to the Notre-Dame Basilica is the Saigon Central Post Office. This building was built as a part of French Colonial architecture in the 20th century. It was designed by the famous architect Gustave Eiffel in neoclassical architectural style. Walking inside, you will see two huge painted maps on the ceiling: the map on the left describes the southern Vietnam and Cambodia and the other on the right describes greater Saigon. Nowadays, it is still used as a central post office of Ho Chi Minh city and as an interesting tourist attraction to travelers.