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March 24, 2012

Reunification Palace


The Reunification Palace is one of the finest colonial buildings in Ho Chi Minh City. It is also considered the symbol of Vietnam national independance and brings significant historical values.

 

The original palace was built by the French between 1868 and 1871 and served as the Governor General’s Palace (Norodom’s Palace). In 1954, the palace was taken over by Saigon government (represented by President Ngo Dinh Diem and supported by the US) and renamed the Independence Palace. In 1962, it was destroyed by bombs and a new building was constructed to replace.

 

 

The new palace was inaugurated in 1966 and became the headquarter of Saigon government. It witnessed the rise and fall of other three presidents of South Vietnam until the two parts of the country were reunited in1975. The Independence Palace was then changed into the Reunification Palace and serves as a museum. The working office and living chambers of the presidents are kept the same as before. Outside the palace lies the tank that crashed the gate of Independence Palace, marking the fall of Saigon government in 1975.

 

Designed by the famous Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu, the Reunification Palace boasts striking architecture, a harmonious blend of Western and Oriental styles. It is definitely well worth a visit. Opening hours are from 8am -11am and 1pm-4pm and entrance is at 135 Nam Ki Khoi Nghia St.

 

 

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