Attraction The Independence Palace 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Bến Thành Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam Published on: 18-02-2016
|1 hours 30 mins|
|07:30 AM - 04:00 PM|
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Why Reunification Palace (Hoi Truong Thong Nhat) is special ?
The Reunification Palace is an important site of political and cultural significance, built by the French in 1868 to mark the newly established colony of Indochina.
In 1945, it briefly became the headquarters for the Japanese after their defeat of the French. In 1962, two Vietnamese rebel pilots bombed the palace - the president survived but the palace did not. He commissioned a new one to be built. It was renamed Independence Palace and the design became a Modernist icon.
In 1975 the palace was the symbolic site of the triumphant liberation of Saigon. Vietnam was then reunified; since then the building has been known as Reunification Palace.
Today it is a working government building as well as having areas open to the public. Tour the private quarters, the president's former office and the War Command Room. You get a real sense of what happened here and its importance in Vietnamese history.
What to explore at Reunification Palace (Hoi Truong Thong Nhat)?
Wandering around its rooms, visitors may be reminded of various important moments in the past of Vietnam, especially the war command room with its huge maps and old communication equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth. The building now functions as a museum, where visitors can view the F5E fighter plane which bombed the palace on 8thApril 1975 and tank 843 which led the final assault through the palace gate at 11.30AM on 30th April 1975.
Reunification Palace was once known as Independence Palace before the fall of Saigon to communists. Arguable the most famous moment in its history was in April 1975 when tanks broke through the main gates. Inside, be sure to check out the command bunker dotted with creaky radio equipment and tactical maps pinned to the walls. Put Reunification Palace near the top of your must-see HCMC sights.
How to get to Reunification Palace (Hoi Truong Thong Nhat)?
To get to the Reunification Palace, take the 150 bus, get off at 107/1 – 170B Nguyen Dinh Chieu, and walk 11 minutes. Or, take the 93 Bus, get off a 138B Nguyen Dihn Chieu, and walk 12 minutes.
- One of Saigon's must sees
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- Fascinating building and history
The Independence Palace 135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa Bến Thành Quận 1 Hồ Chí Minh, Vietnam
Tips for you
It is worth reading up about this place before you go although I believe you can get a free English speaking guide when you arrive. We are a little bit skeptical about some of the guides and the propaganda they will provide you with so we didn't have one. The ground floor has rooms that are used for current functions so are not so interesting. The other floors are really interesting as they reflect the period both in terms of style and in terms of technology. The basement houses a bunker style set of comms rooms complete with maps and bits of kit that look like they are from the ark but realistically are only from the 1970s. View from the roof is good too.
Go to the basement first to watch the free video about the history about reunification palace. It puts the rest of the tour into context and makes the tour far more rewarding.