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Address: 106 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Phone Number: +84 (0)80.85094
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Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 11:00 am
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
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This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the...

This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.

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A must see time capsule

You really must take a couple of hours to visit this iconic site in Saigon. Set in beautiful gardens this concrete time capsule offers an interesting behind the scenes look at a... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed yesterday
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Bristol
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17 reviews
common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 8 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW

You really must take a couple of hours to visit this iconic site in Saigon. Set in beautiful gardens this concrete time capsule offers an interesting behind the scenes look at a defining period in Vietnamese history. Excellent views and cheap cold beers can be had at the former party pad on the roof.

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Estoril, Portugal
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

A very interesting palace to visit full of historical significance. It is a pitty some of the public toilets are not clean.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 1 helpful vote
4 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Worth the visit but we watched the documentary video and the sound was so bad that you couldn't understand a thing - they really should get that right. Very disappointing and so easy to fix, it spoilt the visit as I really wanted to understand the histtory of Vietnam.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

We weren't sure we wanted to go; we didn't want to hear more anti-US rhetoric as part of our tour! But the Presidential Palace stands on its own merits as a place in time when so much important history unfolded! And as someone that loves "Open House Tours", this was a great viewing of impressive interiors! There is something for... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 81 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

It is a rather modern building and not so much, what we in Europe understand by a Palace. But it is interesting to visit the different rooms, the private quarters of the president and his family and the bunkers, which still have the original communication systems installed and of course different escape facilities in case of emergency.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 83 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

One of the most fascinating historic sites in all of Vietnam the Independence Palace (also called Reunification Palace) is absolutely amazing. When South Vietnam fell and the leaders fled, this place froze in time. Everything is exactly the same, it's like an actual living time capsule from the 1970's; furniture, maps, art, even electronics and communication equipment-all unchanged. You don't... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 16 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Impressive showcase building that was once a residence and office of the former President of the South Vietnam government until the collapse of this regime in April 1975. This current palace built on the grounds of a former palace was constructed in the early 1960's. The state rooms and furnishings are very contemporary Vietnamese/Chinese influenced for that era. Furnishings are... More 

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Visiting the palace was like taking a trip back to the 1970s. It was funny to see even the leaders of Vietnam were not immune from the bad taste of the era. The palace was bigger than i expected and apart from the couple of 'show' rooms it wasn't lavish. This is a must if visiting HCMC.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The stately rooms are left as they were when tanks crashed the gates in 1975. The rooms and events of the times are well documented as you walk through the building. Don't miss the very top floor, built as a meditation retreat, but turned into a party room by the corrupt Theiu.Tickets to all the museums are very cheap.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 386 helpful votes
5 of 5 stars Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I really enjoyed my time spent wandering around here. Built in the late 60's as the presidential palace... it's called the Reunification Palace in Saigon now... it's vintage 1975 inside... the year it was abandoned as the president's residence. Everything is perfectly maintained as if time has stood still... except for a couple of rooms which feature a lot of... More 

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