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Address: 106 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
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Phone Number:
+84 80 85094
Today
7:30 am - 11:00 am
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Closed now
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Hours:
Mon - Fri 7:30 am - 11:00 am
1:00 pm - 4:30 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: Yes
Description:

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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Interesting historical site

An interesting view into the South Vietnamese government during the war years. You'll see the places that you remember seeing on the news many years ago, the offices and... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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Murfreesboro, Tennessee
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

An interesting view into the South Vietnamese government during the war years. You'll see the places that you remember seeing on the news many years ago, the offices and residence of the President, the bomb shelters and communication rooms, and visiting dignitaries conference rooms. It is fully decorated and well-maintained.

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Ballina, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 43 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is definitely worth a visit. I have returned on three trips to HCMC to soak up the history of this famous landmark. The decor etc is as it was in the late 60s/early 70s. Very interesting to see the communications equipment, the offices, ballrooms, salons etc of the South Vietnamese government. Worthwhile going up to the roof to see... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This place has to be seen . It was the Élysée Palace well before French president Georges Pompidou got his private appartements redone in Paris. Huge official halls, cross ventilation , everything is ready to host and entertain , while in the basement, the war against insurrection and terrorism does not stop, accommodated in tiny , unventilated rooms.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is far from being the museum that it could be but for 40,000 Dong each you can't complain! In essence it is lots of big rooms stuffed with furniture from the 60's, a helicopter on the room and a war bunker. It's worth going to but could be heaps better if they provided more information than they do.

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Minneapolis, Minnesota
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 7 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Toured this location. Very warm inside and lots of steps to climb, although inside they had elevators. Chinese and modern decor. Well maintained and many visitors. Be prepared for walking.

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Brisbane, Australia
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

This is an amazing piece of architecture and a definite must see when visiting Ho Chi Minh City. Easily accessible and other attractions are close by.

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Halifax, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 49 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

In a city whose beautiful history is disappearing in order to make way for 'development', this palace still holds lots of stories. It is a wonderful place to get a good modern history lesson.

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Exeter, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

I was really impressed with the Palace but it's hard to find your way around as we appeared to be going against everyone else. The leaflet provides an insight on what is on each level but we couldn't find the entrance to the bunkers and seemed to visit it back to front, not that it mattered. The presidential rooms below... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

As a Vietnam history buff, I would highly recommend visiting the Independence Palace, the site of the 'handover' of power from the South to the North in 1975. The rooms are beautifully preserved and the displays are very informative. This was my favourite place to visit in Ho Chi Minh City

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

We and out two son aged 8 and 11 loved the palace,especially the bunker. A def must see when in HCMC.

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