People’s Committee Building



People’s Committee Building

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Designed by French architect P. Gardes and completed in 1908, the People’s Committee Building, once known as the Hôtel de Ville, is probably the most photographed building in the city. It was outside this building in 1945, that thousands of people congregated to establish the Provisional Administrative Committee of South Vietnam. Still the house of the city government, it sits regally at the city’s center. Contrary to popular belief, this striking building has never been a hostelry, nor is it open to the public. Modeled on the City Hall in Paris, it comprises two stories, with two wings off a central hall and a clock tower. It is capped with a red-tile roof, and its fanciful yellow-and-cream-colored façade is most often described as “gingerbread.” Despite its obviously Parisian appearance, the building fits in well with the cityscape, especially at night when it is gorgeously floodlit. Unfortunately, there is no way for the general public to see the chandelier-bedecked interior today. However, the square in front of the hall, featuring a statue of Ho Chi Minh cradling a child, is a popular vantage point to admire the structure.

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