The huge Vietnamese economic and cultural center, Ho Chi Minh City is famous for its attractions, one of which is the Reunification Palace or the Reunification Palace.
Erected by the French in 1868 and subsequently modified and reconstructed, the building in the city center is located in a large, beautiful park of approximately 12 hectares, near Notre Dame de Saigon. It was originally erected as the residence of the Governor-General of Indochina (Cochinhina). Later, already expanded, it became the palace of King Norodom (by the way, the beautiful avenue in front of it is called the same). And even later, when the French left the country, it was the palace of the South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem (it was also called the Dragon's Head because of the location of feng shui in the dragon's head). The people of the country hated Ngo Dinh Diem so much that in 1962 two South Vietnamese bombers bombed him in the palace, but unsuccessfully. The building was completely destroyed, and Ngo Dinh Diem managed to escape. After that, by the order of the President, they began to build another palace building designed by the talented architect Ngo Viet Thu, already with a bomb shelter. The construction was completed after Diem's death, in 1966.
The Reunification Palace, which has more than once been a place and witness to political and military events and has seen frequent changes in political regimes in its lifetime, is a historical place, a symbol of the unity of Vietnam.
The Independence Palace was given a different name, the Independence Palace, on April 30, 1975, when the Saigon regime was overthrown and the communists seized power. This was the official end of the American War and the unification of South and North Vietnam. A corresponding document was signed. The palace was stormed, and tank No. 843 of the North Vietnamese army broke through the palace gates, thus announcing the end of the war. Today this tank is in the park, to the left of the main entrance.
The five-story Reunification Palace has a hundred rooms, and the tunnels under the building contain a bomb shelter, a communications center and a command post. The interior situation has not changed since 1975, which can be seen with your own eyes when visiting the palace. After watching a film about the difficult history of this building and the history of the reunification of South and North Vietnam, having familiarized yourself with the numerous expositions presented here, you can go to the office of the President of South Vietnam, take photographs of a model of a military helicopter, take a walk in the park near the palace and see the very tank that broke through the palace gates, and other military equipment that took part in the battles for the change of power.
Opening hours of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City
You can get to the palace every day at intervals: from 7:30 to 11:30 and from 13:00 to 16:00.
Admission fee for adults is VND 40,000, admission is free for children.
How to get to the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City
Reunification Palace is located in the city center at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, HCMC. You can walk here in 5-10 minutes walking distance from Ben Tan market.
The Reunification Palace, which has more than once been a place and witness to political and military events and has seen frequent changes in political regimes in its lifetime, is a historical place, a symbol of the unity of Vietnam. And the Vietnamese love their country and respect and honor its past.
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Ho Chi Minh City and the South of the country
Where to stay: In picturesque Ho Chi Minh City, ancient Saigon, where there are luxury hotels, ultra-budget guesthouses, and a whole bunch of attractions in the district. Beach lovers have a direct road to popular Nha Trang, "lazy" Tui Hoa, family Phan Thiet, and surfer Mui Ne. Vung Tau delights infrastructure, Phu Quoc - a combination of forested mountains and white sandy beaches, and Con Dao - the almost complete absence of "civilization". Those in love with the mountains are invited to Dalat.
What to see: Reunification Palace, Notre Dame Cathedral, great parks, Cu Chi Tunnels and Saigon Market in Ho Chi Minh City; Pognagar Cham Tower, Long Son Pagoda and Stone Buddha in Nha Trang; Thapnyan Cham Tower, Da Dia Rock, and two breweries in Tuyjoa; the giant Reclining Buddha and Lotus Lake in Phan Thiet; fishing huts and brawny surfers in Mui Ne. Vung Tau is interesting for its lighthouse, Thang Tam temple, and Blanche French villa; Dalat will delight you with colonial mansions and its own mini-Eiffel tower, and Phu Quoc - a village of folk crafts, Coconut Prison, and a magnificent underwater world. Must-seeCondao - the city of Cauchon, again with a prison, a national park, and the Ong-Dung turtle beach.