3 famed ancient high schools witnessing a strong French architecture in Saigon


Saigon is one of the best cities that witnessed a huge French interference in every single aspect of life, and one of which is architecture. Today, helloVietnam is about to walk you through the city’s three best iconic designed high schools across Saigon that you can put in your Vietnam heritage tour.


The old French high school in Saigon

Marie Curie

Marie Curie was officially receiving students’ applicants in 1918 when Vietnam started its authorized protectionism by the French. The school got its name Marie Curie, a Polish physician and chemist. During its twilight, the school educated solely the French female descendants and noble Vietnamese teenagers, with its entire education made in French.


Marie Curie high school

Capturing people’s attention with its heritage-like architecture which outstands a strong French décor with a slight fusion of the colonial Vietnamese breath, Marie Curie High School has put on a retro outfit featured lively and elegant details.


An up-close look

When joining a heritage tour in Vietnam to Saigon, you have an opportunity to observe intricately each classroom block hidden behind the century-old trees. These come in a delicate dorm-made style which is able to welcome in more natural sunlight. The hue of red and yellow all makes Marie Curie imposingly vivid throughout the flow of time.


Rich in color

Trần Đại Nghĩa

The very next address is another French-built high school which was introduced to the colony of Saigon back in the year 1865. One untold story that even not many Saigonese natives are genuinely aware is that the building was first open and operated under the Catholics Missionary Council. With an ideal position which was set at the corner of two big roads, Lý Tự Trọng and Nguyễn Du (as of now), Trần Đại Nghĩa High School owns an imposing two-façade exterior. What makes by-passers even more curious about this historical landmark is the utmost tranquility hidden behind the huge iron gate.


Trần Đại Nghĩa today

Once again, as brought to life around the same period of time with some of the other iconic schools around the city, Trần Đại Nghĩa High School is now still bearing an interesting French – Vietnamese architecture with a stunning yellow. This means to be well adapted with the tropical surrounding in such colonial country like Vietnam. For the time being, in spite of the fact that a century has gone by, the whole construction is still capable of preserving the initial set of carvings and designation.


That French décor

Entering into the campus of Trần Đại Nghĩa High School from the main entrance gate, you would be led to the chains of classrooms by a long spacious path under the shade of the greenish trees, featured a large half-body statue carving Trần Đại Nghĩa, a well-known intellectual dedicating his life to the profession of weapons research and development back in the infamous Vietnam War. There is nothing nicer than having a Vietnam heritage tour guide explain everything inside out of the architecture as well as the stories of the war.

Lê Hồng Phong

One last symbolic name that cannot be skipped in this ultimate guide is Lê Hồng Phong High School for the gifted. Along with Trần Đại Nhĩa, the two names have long led the chart of top high schools in the locality of Saigon for educating the best students for the country.


Lê Hồng Phong high school

Lê Hồng Phong was built in 1927 and proudly named by Southern Vietnam Governor at the time, Blanchard De La Brosse, as Lycée Petrus Trương Vĩnh Ký, a famous Vietnamese linguist. Talking about Lê Hồng Phong, or Lycée Petrus Trương Vĩnh Ký people all relate to an overall attractively-designed building that lies wholly inside a greenish and spacious campus in Saigon downtown. The entire campus lasts up to 8 hectares, with a collection of various century-old trees, a large symbolic clock tower and the elegant dorms running along the lively pattern-tile floor.


Indochina architecture

What you should refer to those three schools above is the strong Indochina architecture, which witnesses a harmonious combination of both Western and Vietnamese appearances in one. Lycée Petrus Trương Vĩnh Ký is a unique school that was well designed by architect Ernest Hebrard. The whole site brings in an exceptional Art Décor style. Noe few tour operators offer their packages to this venue as a part of the best Vietnam heritage tour in Saigon, and you may like to join in one too.

Within several hours in the daytime, you can visit all these three through the help of your Vietnam heritage tour. This would be your next favorite thing to do besides some night street food tours or other regular day trips.

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Author Since: Jan 23, 2019

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