The office building of the Ho Chi Minh City People's Council and People's Committee will open its doors to visitors on two days next month.
The 114-year-old City Hall, located at 86 Le Thanh Ton Street in District 1, will welcome spectators on September 1 and 2 in celebration of National Day (September 2), following a decision by the municipal People's Committee and the Department of Tourism.
After that, the venue will also continue to open its doors to the public on the last weekend of each month.
Earlier, the City Hall received visitors for the first time during this year's public holiday celebrating Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1), attracting 1,500 Vietnamese and international visitors.
|A map of Ho Chi Minh City in the past inside the office building of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and People’s Council. Photo: Huu Hanh / Tuoi Tre|
The idea to open the venue for the public to visit has been supported by tourism experts.
Also, some local enterprises believed that after successfully piloting the activity, Ho Chi Minh City should consider making the City Hall visit a unique urban tourism product.
Designed by French architect Femand Gardes, the edifice which is one of the city’s classic architectural structures was built in 1898 and completed in 1909.
During the French colonial time, the building was called Dinh Xa Tay.
Before 1975, the year when Vietnam was reunified, it was named Saigon City Hall, where city government officials worked and held meetings.
Since April 30, 1975, the building has become the workplace of the Ho Chi Minh City People’s Committee and People’s Council.
The building faces Nguyen Hue Pedestrian Street and overlooks the Saigon River.
In 2020, the Ministry of Culture, Sports, and Tourism recognized it as a national architectural relic site.