The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

Government Building · Architectural Building
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 took 8mm pictures of this Palace during the war and the photos got away from me. When I returned to visit Reunification Palace, it was in recognition of the North Vietnamese Tank that broke down...  more »
  • This place is like stepping back in time. It is an excellent place to take in an understand what was happening in Vietnam at the time. The rooms and the informatoln boards and photos captures a dark.....  more »
  • get a quick and pleasant history update on the two Vietnam's reunification while wandering the palatial surroundings of the South's President before. Magnificent architecture very well preserved with....  more »
  • I gotta say, the palace is huge. You can spend hours exploring different sections and discover alternative routes that links to multiple segments. It's well worth the money and the time. It gives you a closer look to Vietnam's political timeline in history. In the entry, you have the option or also purchasing the exhibition tickets as a combo. I found the exhibition hall to be rather small and lacking material. It's good if you wanna input more on the history of the city.
  • I was pleasantly surprised by the modesty of this palace. It is extremely simple and strictly designed for its usefulness in those times and less for comfort. The part where the leaders and their families lived is extremely simple and does not reflect the power of a head of state. The garden is very well maintained and with lots of greenery. There are many pictures with the heads of states who came here on official visits and marked extremely important events in the evolution of Vietnam. A history lesson I learned today. Don't miss if you arrive in Saigon!
  • Though full of history I enjoyed the walk around the gardens more than the inside. The building itself is impressive but don't miss the helicopter on the roof at the back of the building which can be easily seen from the cafe! A little bit of relaxation can be enjoyed here, away from the very busy roads surrounding it.
  • So much to see and learn here. The place is huge so you can spend a long time here. There is a cafe on the side of the building too. My favourite part is the bunker. Everything is well maintained and preserved, it’s really cool to see
  • A must see in Ho Chi Minh city. The palace is steeped in so much history it leaves you in awe. The bunkers were the most impressive to me. There’s also beautiful gardens to explore around the palace as well as coffee shops to sit and relax in.

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