"Reunification Palace" Reunification Palace Tip by Blatherwick
Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City: 79 reviews and 184 photos
This site was used as a residence for the French governor general of Cochinchina which was expanded to become Norodom Palace. When the French left it became the residence of the South Vietnamese president. The palace was bombed in 1962 (by members of the South Vietnamese Air Force!) in an attempt to kill President Diem. Upon Diem's elimination in 1963 the structure was renamed Independence Palace.
The palace is famous now from the pictures of North Vietnamese tanks storming through the gates and a VC flag flying from the palace on April 30, 1975. The building was renamed Reunification Palace.
The building is pretty cool to walk through as most of it has been left as it was back in 1975. The most interesting part is the basement that holds briefing rooms with war time maps of Vietnam and communications equipment.
The entrance fee is $1 US and it is open from 7:30 to 11 am and 1 to 4 pm daily.
Address: 106 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Phone: +84 (0)80.85094
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