The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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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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  • So first things first. This place is NOT air conditioned. So good luck. It was interesting on 3 levels. First is the historical significance in Vietnam and US involvement in Vietnam history... 
    So first things first. This place is NOT air conditioned. So good luck. It was interesting on 3 levels. First is the historical significance in Vietnam and US involvement in Vietnam history...  more »
  • It was great to see the modern, almost office-like, palace and its history. I still remember the photos of the tanks crashing through the front gates. When buying the entrance tickets, there were... 
    It was great to see the modern, almost office-like, palace and its history. I still remember the photos of the tanks crashing through the front gates. When buying the entrance tickets, there were...  more »
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  • A historical place depicting the events of the Fall of Saigon. The palace neatly maintained with all the arrangements as it was during the reign of the south Vietnam. They have safety bunkers , communication equipments , chopper and vintage cars on display. It costs some money to get the entrance. They also have a nice cafe inside. It's worth spending 2 to 3 hours. I liked the place.
  • This place is full of history and precious monuments still preserved & well labeled. Highly recommended to visit at least once. The dining room is nice, the kitchen set is very interesting and the bunker impressive.

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