The Independence Palace

The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

The Independence Palace
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Historic Sites • Points of Interest & Landmarks • Architectural Buildings • History Museums • Government Buildings
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
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“From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868-1966” explores the century-long history of the building that once served as the seat of the French colonial government in Cochinchina. In 1954, this building was renamed Independence Palace. It subsequently witnessed many dramatic episodes in the rise and decline of the government of Ngo Dinh Diem, the founding leader of the Republic of Vietnam
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Cristina
Bucharest, Romania73 contributions
Jan 2020 • Couples
We chose the audio guided tour - beware that you must leave a deposit to collect your audioguide of 500k vnd or a personal document which will be given back when you drop the audio guide. The palace itself is well preserved and we found out alot of information about what was life back in the 70s at the palace for the president and other personnel. Most exciting part are the bunkers and communication rooms. Indoor garden looked nice.
Also bought tickets for an exhibition but after visiting the palace we skipped it since we did not see any signs of where it was held, so I recommend to stick to the palace ticket only. Easy acces, in the city center. No AC so if it s hot and crowded it can be a bit unpleasant, but it s worth to visit.
Written January 12, 2020
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Boomeranger
Newcastle upon Tyne, UK509 contributions
Jan 2020
We arived at 3.55pm and was told that the last ticket can only be sold at 4 pm. They obniously did not want us to visit? I asked what was there to see and unfortunatley they were not very forth coming? We said we would come back the following day. After talking to fellow toursist who had just come out of the palace , we were advised it was a waste of time! We then spoke to others that evening and they said the same . So sorry only Average for what we saw from outside. if you had been flexible then we would have visted .
Written February 22, 2020
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funny4ME
Sydney, Australia4 contributions
Jan 2020 • Solo
Had the best tour with this tour company had three guide's all spoke English and very knowledgeable about the Independent house. Was also given headset with commentary on past important meetings during Vietnam war period.
Was so impressed by their fun relaxed approach to their customers I highly recommend you book a Saigon city tour with them.
Written January 19, 2020
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Elizabeth R
Manningtree, UK140 contributions
Dec 2019
We dragged our teens around this museum, as we felt it would be a good way for them to see some very recent history. Within our lifetime events and history has been made and it was fascinating to see inside the building and imagine events which have happened so recently in history. The state rooms look like they could have been vacated yesterday and it's rather eerie, but interesting nonetheless. I was most interested by the underground rooms in the bunker where you could imagine important people being evacuated to in the event of a bomb threat. the whole place has good signage and you don't really need the audio guide as its the same information. Its very warm wandering around, so take a bottle of water.
Written January 7, 2020
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laney365
Southampton, England193 contributions
Feb 2020
Walked here from the central post office in about 10 minutes. It was 40k dong entry and you could walk round the grounds as well as the palace. Don't expect Buckingham Palace, this is modern and understated. All rooms have explanations on them, we liked looking round the private bedrooms which were quite sparse apart from a huge walk in wardrobe. See the helicopter on the roof and the bunkers. Worth a couple of hours of your time.
Written February 21, 2020
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Devila_C
New York City, NY27 contributions
Mar 2020 • Solo
Although the palace building’s 60s design may look relatively unimpressive from the outside, the interior architectural design and the well preserved rooms are interesting and worth the 3 USD ticket price. A large majority of the palace is open for visits, including the roof and bunker basement. Many of the rooms in the palace are nicely furnished with the original furnishings from the late 60s/early 70s. It’s a great place to learn a small slice of Vietnamese history and kill a few hours during the middle of the day when it’s hot out under the sun. There are also two nice cafes in the back among lush trees for a break after touring the palace building.
Written March 3, 2020
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Thank you for your highly appreciation. Hope Vietnam and Independence Palace are your first choice during your travelling
Written March 9, 2020
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,983 contributions
Feb 2020
This building was included on our tour of the city and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Vietnam War and American's involvement in it. The building is of interesting architecture and the grounds quite immense, right in the middle of this dense city. The individual rooms are very informative with important details and photos of what occurred in them.
Written February 16, 2020
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swissgirl_7
Gilly, Switzerland225 contributions
Feb 2020
Loved visiting this living museum. It’s so rare to get a glimpse of what life was really like for Presidents in the 70s and the architecture, layout and furniture is so evocative of those past times.

The audio guide is really good and we ended up spending over 2 hours here and in the lovely surrounding park.

Lots of history was made here and there is a real feeling of that which remains.

The bunker area was really fascinating, as were other glimpses behind the scenes of the kitchens and private rooms of the president. The helicopter on the roof is a poignant reminder of the fall of HCM.

A must see in HCM.
Written February 16, 2020
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Christine T
54 contributions
Jan 2020
We didn't know what to expect on this tour of this site. Our guide did a great job describing the different rooms with a sprinkling of historical anecdotes. Architectural design of building and interior design of furnishings have withstood the passage of time. Favorites were the family's upstairs private quarters as well as the basement bunker.
Written January 2, 2020
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James B
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Feb 2020 • Friends
The base entry fee (40k) is well worth it just to walk around the palace, which is in great condition. The gardens are also fantastic and make the air very fresh, especially compared to the rest of the city. I wouldn't recommend the extra exhibit though, not worth your time.
Written February 5, 2020
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