The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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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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  • Too impressed. Here we can learn about history with many artifacts on display. Has a large area, the project is beautifully designed and monumental 
    Too impressed. Here we can learn about history with many artifacts on display. Has a large area, the project is beautifully designed and monumental  more »
  • Fascinating piece of history. Well kept and very interesting. Worthwhile visit with lots of interesting exhibits. Good 
    Fascinating piece of history. Well kept and very interesting. Worthwhile visit with lots of interesting exhibits. Good  more »
  • "Reunification Palace was the base of Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem until his death in 1963. It made its name in global history in 1975. A tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed... 
    "Reunification Palace was the base of Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem until his death in 1963. It made its name in global history in 1975. A tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed...  more »
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  • Great place to visit to learn about the history and how the president at the time used to live/work. Architecture is great and well thought. In the basement you had the bunker. So fascinating! It’s 25k more for the exhibition. You don’t want to miss it since it’s very interactive and well explain. Careful it’s only open on the morning!
  • Must go place if it is your first visit to HCM. You will have a better understanding about this historical place. Good location. Good service. Have to pay attention on the opening time. Checking before coming is recommended
  • Fascinating stories about the 2 tanks (Chinese and Russian made each) that crashed through the front gate of this magnificent building as the last remaining Americans were air-lifted from the helipad. Most of the exhibits were in the form of well kept conference halls.
  • Historical place showing the life of the south vietnam leaders. The notes for every room are interesting and gives the context of history. The exhibition was very worth to pay a visit. It tells a lot about the Saigon history and city development as well as the war.
  • You can feel the historical atmosphere while walking around this building. Also, the architecture and interior design are absolutely amazing, and inspired a lot.

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