Tourists allowed to visit HCMC city hall

By VNA, VnExpress   February 21, 2024 | 07:26 pm PT
Tourists allowed to visit HCMC city hall
Tourists pose for photos inside HCMC People's Committee office building in District 1. Photo by VnExpress/Quynh Tran
The headquarters of the People's Council and People's Committee of Ho Chi Minh City - a French colonial heritage site - will open its doors to visitors for tours free of charge this year.

According to the newly-issued plan by the municipal People's Committee, the site will have regular openings on the last two weekends of each month starting from Feb. 24-25.

The move is expected to help people understand the city's history of formation and development, and contribute to building and developing its brand, and its image of a friendly administration.

The plan also aims to survey the direction of developing unique and characteristic tourism products associated with the city's culture and history, contributing to attracting domestic and foreign tourists to the city.

The building 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.

In front of it is Nguyen Hue Street with its pedestrian square, which is always crowded during holidays.

Domestic and foreign tourists are allowed to visit part of the relic, including the main lobby, international reception room No.1, and main staircase on the ground floor, as well as the main lobby, international reception rooms No.2 and No.3, balcony, and meeting room No.5 on the first floor.

On April 29-30 last year, the headquarters were opened to visitors for the first time, welcoming over 50 delegations with nearly 1,500 domestic and foreign visitors, on the occasion of the 48th anniversary of the national reunification (April 30) and International May Day (May 1).

Other openings were on Sept. 30 and Oct. 1, Oct. 28-29, Nov. 25-26, and Dec. 30-31, attracting thousands of domestic and foreign visitors.

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