The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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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  • Reccomend taking the tour and having a local guide tell you some information about what happened with the end of the Vietnam war and the history of the palace. Good opportunity for a few photos and...  more »
  • The beauty of good modern design shines. Reflects the last years of South Vietnam and the fall of Saigon. Very powerful. This was the White House of South Vietnam and when the tanks rolled through...  more »
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  • Excellent Institutional complex set within a huge landscaped garden with lawns, fountains and other outbuildings. Central ceremonial entrance leads to a grand entrance hall with arcades along the front and back. Behind the sunscreen facade are full height glazing, probably inserted later into the colonial building. The bright grey monotonic arcade contrasts dramatically with the warm furnished spaces of the interior. Rooms and Halls are well preserved with period furniture and fittings and provides a rich experiential journey that encompasses both function and ceremony, from the utility of the basement bunkers to the ground floor grand public spaces, up to the private quarters and on to the rooftop lounge and garden. A rewarding excursion in time and history.
  • It's very important to Vietnamese. Nowadays, it's one of the best tourist destinations in Vietnam, especially in Ho Chi Minh city. That's the architecture of American with a few design changes of Vietnamese architectures, it became a historical place of Vietnam country where Vietnamese won the huge battle with American. U can know more about the history of VN here. Also I can take photos to keep memories for your own
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