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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The Independence Palace Reviews
Interesting place to look around. Loved all the different rooms and furniture. Lots to see and explore. We spent a few hours here walking around. Nice garden to walk around too. Very hot day... more »
Fascinating study of history with our excellent guide.Fabulous rooms with exquisite carpets and furniture. 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!
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