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The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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Government 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. Before you head to Ho Chi Minh City, plan trip itinerary details with our user-friendly Ho Chi Minh City trip builder, to make sure you see all that Ho Chi Minh City has to offer, including The Independence Palace.
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  • Worth a visit if you want to see some nice halls and learn more about the history. Takes about 1,5h to walk through.  more »
  • A beautiful building in lovely grounds. A look inside the rooms of keaders and the relevant persons within the era of the Vietnam war. Rooms are nice including reception lounges for official meetings ...  more »
  • The entrance fee for 40.000 VND is a reasonable price. The complex is quite huge. I was surprised with the bunker. Then there is a lot of colourful rooms. From the top floor, there is a nice view to H...  more »
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  • 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.
  • This place is great for a relaxed walk around but it also has a lot of information. The only reason I'm giving it 4 stars is because it just generally feels less relevant to the rest of the historical splendours you can experience in the city so looking at a room where people used to sit and listen to somebody can be a little boring when you come from a country with Buckingham palace. Having said that, the outside garden area is a lovely place to relax, the inside is indeed informative and interesting to interact with all the old american gear, and it's good fun (for nerds) to try and figure out all the maps and data spread across the walls. Imaginative folk will really feel the urgency and dangers they would have felt, without the need of crappy life-size dolls of people showing you how they might hold a phone or something.
  • A walk back in time to the grand palace and what it was. The rooms were restored or as it was, transports you back into the different time and stages of its history. Grand rooms with luxurious furnishing, small theatre/cinema for personal entertainment. The palace is huge and you are free to explore. There are guided tours but most people would rather explore on their own. Something to experience. The war rooms in the basement is the highlight for me. There is a lunch break in mid day so be early or check the schedule.
  • Fantastic to experience and feel the history of such a culturally rich and diverse country. A cheeky beer on the roof from the friendly staff added to the views and was topped off by some free wifi for a few banter snapchats to the lads back home. Will be back for another tiger!
  • I felt like i'm traveling through time seeing those conference rooms with old style furniture and very old style data center like basement. I really enjoyed visiting this palace. They have a nice big garden outside where you can relax.

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