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The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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Government Building · Architectural Building
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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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  • Interesting place to visit while in HCM. You’ll learn about some of the history of Vietnam, how this palace started, each rooms and its purpose and the soothing colors of the furniture. The grounds... 
    Interesting place to visit while in HCM. You’ll learn about some of the history of Vietnam, how this palace started, each rooms and its purpose and the soothing colors of the furniture. The grounds...  more »
  • A chance to see some gruesome 1970s furniture, arranged so as to accommodate a visiting foreign delegation. And to appreciate the splendours of a brutalist concrete palace. Ok - I’m being a little... 
    A chance to see some gruesome 1970s furniture, arranged so as to accommodate a visiting foreign delegation. And to appreciate the splendours of a brutalist concrete palace. Ok - I’m being a little...  more »
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  • A must visit for when you are in Ho Chi Minh. The building itself is already very pretty. The tickets are not expensive around 90k including audio tour. The audio tour gives you a nice route trough the building. You will visit all the important rooms of the former departments of the South Vietnamese government including the helicopter pad and the bunker. Really interesting visit!
  • This palace and grounds are beautiful. I would highly recommend starting in the basement and watching the video about the palace. It gives a great overview of the palace and history surrounding it. From there go to each floor and visit the beautiful rooms! I wish I did the audio tour because it felt like I was missing our on information that didn’t have written info plaques. A must see in Ho Chi Minh City!

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