The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Captured in the historic 1975 photograph of a North Vietnamese military tank crashing through its gates, The Independence Palace played a pivotal role in the fall of Saigon and the end of the Vietnam War. The interior of the palace has remained nearly intact since it was built as a residence of the South Vietnamese president in 1966. Its desolate halls and rooms are time capsules, displaying period-style furnishings and motifs--conference rooms, reception halls, a war room, a telecommunication center, and tunnels in the basement. Check out the president's living quarters, featuring bizarre decorations, such as actual elephant feet. At the entrance you can see a Vietnamese T-54 tank and the roof is topped with a model of a presidential helicopter. Plan to visit The Independence Palace during your Ho Chi Minh City vacation using our convenient Ho Chi Minh City trip planner .
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  • I have seen many of these style of buildings, often government ministries. What makes this special, is that they have retained the decor of the period and with the added pictures around the location, ...  more »
  • It is very attractive from the outside. Admission is cheap (couple bucks in usd). Not a whole lot to see really but the grounds and location are kept very well. There's a pretty comfortable park outsi...  more »
  • My girlfriend and I visited the Parliament early in the morning(opens from 7.30am) and so had a chance to walk around without many other tourists present. There are many rooms to view as well as the w...  more »
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  • Be warned. There is no air conditioning except the gift shop and the documentary room. Consider getting a guide for a more informative tour. It's easy to miss the sights as the signs are not very explicit. Don't miss the roof garden and the bunkers. Beautiful interior design. Would have gotten the last star if the signs were more descriptive.
  • The palace is wonderful and it's refreshing as a European to see what a modern palace looks like. In the UK none of our palaces are fit for purpose but you comfortably live in this one as it has electricity and telephone lines all over. The bunker was especially interesting. This showed where a lot of the South Vietnamese tactical decisions were made. Interestingly - unlike the remnants museum - the bunker still shows about the number of troops from each country assisting in the Southern alliance. This made the experience feel more genuine and objective.
  • Magnificent building of its time. Well maintained of the conditions. Overall is good except warn weather.
  • Really worh a visit! It's a glimpse into the private, but also diplomatic and political life of the President, putting a chunck of the history of South Vietnam into context. The bunker, the presidential dormitory and the big-receptions kitchen left me impressed in particular.
  • One of the must-see places in Ho Chi Minh wherein you can find HCMC's government palace. Its really huge so be ready for lots of walking around its numerous rooms and even small passages around the complex. Also, the place is not air-conditioned at all. For me, its still a great place to see as you can have a feel of the place wherein the government officials spend their business transcations.

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