Reunification Palace - Independence Palace (Ho Chi Minh city, Vietnam)
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Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace
The Reunification Palace is located within walking distance from several other point of interests. You can go from there to the Saigon's Post Office or the Notre Dame Cathedral. If you want to do some shopping, it is also not far from the luxury department store Diamond Plaza.
Independence Palace is a symbol of the victory, the peace, and the territorial integrity of Vietnam country. Thanks to its historical significance, it is one of Saigon's most popular tourist attractions.
From the outside, it’s hard to guess the building’s purpose, although simply by its size and the spacious lawns in an otherwise cramped Ho Chi Minh City, you can tell it was important. Designed by renowned Vietnamese architect Ngô Viết Thụ at the behest of then-president Ngo Dinh Diem (who didn’t live to see its completion), it’s a mix of Vietnamese modernist architecture. Inside, it’s a clash of contrasts.
The building served three primary purposes. In those, it was roughly analogous to the White House in Washington DC–it was both home and office for the president. In the basement are the stark, utilitarian corridors and cramped, windowless offices of the war rooms. Communications equipment lays scattered about, along with maps of the war’s progress, and even the very desk that Thieu used to bark out orders in failed attempts to reverse the revolutionary tide. There’s even the cot that Thieu used to sneak a short nap during hectic military campaigns.
Today in most locals' minds, the palace is remembered vividly as a marked end to the war, just like the fall of Berlin Wall, as the North Vietnamese tank crashed its gates on April 30th, 1975.
The Reunification Palace is open all the week from 7.30 AM to 11.00 AM and 1.00 PM to 4.00 PM. Entrance ticket is VND 30,000 (about $1.4). Guided tours in English are also available. Getting there is extremely easy by taxi, motorbike or walking, as the palace is so well-known and right in the center.
Location: Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia
More information: www.dinhdoclap.gov.vn
Opening hours: From 7:30 am to 11:00 am & 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm
Entrance fee: adult/child 30,000/5000d
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