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Century-old Ho Chi Minh City hall to welcome visitors for first time next week

Century-old Ho Chi Minh City hall to welcome visitors for first time next week

Saturday, April 22, 2023, 13:16 GMT+7
Century-old Ho Chi Minh City hall to welcome visitors for first time next week
The office building of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City in District 1. Photo: N. Binh / Tuoi Tre

The 114-year-old office building of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City will open its doors to visitors for the first time during the upcoming public holiday celebrating the Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1).

Visitors need to register in advance with the municipal Department of Tourism between April 22 and 26 for the tours from 8:00 am to 12:00 pm and from 2:00 pm to 5:00 pm on April 29 and 30.

They will spend 35 minutes in the building, learning about its history, architectural highlights, and function of each room during the one-hour tour, which also features a walk around the President Ho Chi Minh Monument Park, located just in front of the hall.

A part of the painting on the ceiling inside the office building of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City in District 1. Photo: N. Binh / Tuoi Tre
A part of the painting on the ceiling inside the office building of the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh City in District 1. Photo: N. Binh / Tuoi Tre

This is part of the city’s efforts to showcase national monuments to foreign tourists to promote its image as a friendly and open city.

The building, located at 86 Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1, was designed by French architect Femand Gardes.

Its construction started in 1889 and finished in 1909.

In 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Sports and Tourism recognized it as a national architectural relic.

The building also faces Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street, which is always crowded during weekends and public holidays.

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