Antique treasures hidden in century-old French building in heart of Saigon

Update: 10:30 | 23/04/2018

The architectural gem holds rare antiques which are strictly protected by the French government.

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The French consul general’s heritage residence was built in 1872 at the corner of Nationale and Boulevard Norodom (now Hai Ba Trung- Le Duan in District 1). The building is surrounded by a 1.5-hectare stunning garden under the shades of trees that are more than a hundred years old.

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Along the corridor of the house are marble-encrusted lacquer chairs and pottery furnishing items. Vincent Floreani, Consul General of France in HCMC, said they date back 100 years or more.

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Some kitchen utensils such as tableware, glass, plate and fork are kept inside three glass cabinets at a corner of the corridor. The French brought these items when they set foot in the land of Saigon-Gia Dinh, former name of Ho Chi Minh City.

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A lot of silver tableware, water bottles, glasses and soup pots are on display in two cupboards. Those carrying character “N” with a crown are from the Napoleon III era, while “GG” stands for Governor-General, “RF” for the French Republic and “CGF” for the consulate general of France.

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The main living room is dedicated to banquets and receptions of the consulate general with a capacity of 80 people. Interior decorations reflect both eastern and western culture.

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Two dining rooms are decorated with precious paintings, pottery furnishing items and sets of salon chairs that date back to the 1950s.

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Antique items inside the building are amassed from different cultures such as Vietnam, China, India and France.

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The 1.5-hectare garden has two old stone statues of Buddha, which are gifts of a French citizen.

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The French building is only open to the public once a year to mark the European Heritage Days which fall on the third week of September.

Source: VnExpress

 
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