This ochre building served as the French Palais de Justice; it now serves as the Vietnamese Supreme Court. It was designed by Auguste-Henri Vildieu (1900-1906), who shamelessly drew inspiration from the Neo-Classical Palace of Justice in Paris, designed by Louis Duc (1857-1868).From the street, it is not at all evident that the building is in the
From the street, it is not at all evident that the building is in the shape of an inverted “T”. Under a mansard roof, three elegant cornices bind the two tiers of mullioned windows of the building, separated by fluted columns, the raised ground floor reached by twin staircases, one on each side. Every feature is symmetrical, exactly balanced as in justice, as in Confucianism.
Conveniently close to the court, the next street is dolefully named after the prison …