Saigon Central Post Office Vietnam’s Has Last public letter writer, ‘a witness of Saigon’

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The Ho Chi Minh City Post Office, or the Saigon Central Post Office is a post office in the downtown Ho Chi Minh City, near Saigon Notre-Dame Basilica, the city’s cathedral. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century.

Tourists flock to Saigon Central Post Office to meet Duong Van Ngo, who spent decades translating people’s sentiments.

As Ho Chi Minh City’s French colonial architecture recedes into the background and the number of shiny skyscrapers grows in the Southeast Asian megacity there is one man who might be the last vestige of Vietnam’s colonial past.

Duong Van Ngo is the only remaining public writer and still pens letters from the grand 19th century Saigon Central Post Office in this city of 13 million people, built when Vietnam was still a part of French Indochina.

Saigon was the capital of South Vietnam before the war but the named changed to Ho Chi Minh City after North Vietnam overtook the city in 1975. Many Vietnamese, especially in the south and foreigners still refer to the city as Saigon.

Duong Van Ngo held various jobs at the post office before becoming a letter writer.

“I began to work for the post office when I was only 16, in 1946,” the 89-year-old explained.

He is just one witness to this magnificent historic building.

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