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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Toàn Nguyễn
Hanoi, Vietnam20 contributions
Good place to see when you go to Hochiminh city
Feb 2021
Good place to see when you go to Hochiminh city. You will understand about Vietnam history. This is a nice place and special architecture
Written June 6, 2021
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YANIRA06_66
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam16 contributions
INDEPENDENCE PALACE/REUNIFICATION PALACE
Apr 2021
I took 8mm pictures of this Palace during the war and the photos got away from me. When I returned to visit Reunification Palace, it was in recognition of the North Vietnamese Tank that broke down the palace gate. I see this structure at least once a week.
Written April 1, 2021
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Anthony O
Sydney, Australia59 contributions
A must
Jan 2021 • Couples
This place is like stepping back in time. It is an excellent place to take in an understand what was happening in Vietnam at the time. The rooms and the informatoln boards and photos captures a dark time in the world. Definately worth a visit.
Written January 11, 2021
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Thank you for your comment! Hope you are happy when you visited Independence Palace and the exhibit "From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868 -1966". Regards,
Written January 19, 2021
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streetMartin
236 contributions
real historical gem, very simply but very nice made available for viewing
Dec 2020
get a quick and pleasant history update on the two Vietnam's reunification while wandering the palatial surroundings of the South's President before. Magnificent architecture very well preserved with many original details (furniture, photo's, ...), a true gem and surprise.
Written December 31, 2020
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Thank you for your kind comment. Our duty is reserving all our heritage value. We try our best. See you and all the best,
Written January 19, 2021
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LuizDutraNeto
Rio de Janeiro, RJ8,582 contributions
A witness of history ...
Jan 2020
Today officially known as the "Reunification Convention Hall", this historic palace was inaugurated in 1966, after a project by acclaimed Vietnamese architect Ngô Viét Thu. It was built at the same site of the former 19th century "Norodom Palace", which was also known as the "Governor Palace", as it was used by the French Governor of colonial Cochinchina. Bombed in 1962, "Norodom Palace" was almost completely destroyed. The new "The Independence Palace" was home and office of the presidents of South Vietnam. In 1975, the Vietnam War ended exactly here, when a North Vietnam Army tank crashed through its gates - the historic "Fall of Saigon" literally happened here, on the presidential palace gates. A landmark that shall not be missed by all those traveling in legendary Saigon. Enjoy!
Written December 4, 2020
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Thank you for your visiting and comment. There is also a must-see exhibition "From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868 - 1966" in the Independence Palace's ground. Very detailed information. So, we hope to see you again. All the best,
Written December 13, 2020
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LewisH
Zimbabwe452 contributions
Great experience.
Feb 2020
For me, this was a must do. The ticket price was reasonable, and you are allowed to stay as long as you like. On the grounds, the place has a café and seating areas. It was really interesting to see the scale of the building and the content, and it was really on a big scale.
Written September 2, 2020
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Thank you for your comments. Hope to see you and family again. Best,
Written September 16, 2020
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Frances L
United Kingdom263 contributions
Landmark Building
Feb 2020
The Palace is set in lovely grounds. You need to set aside a number of hours to tour the Palace properly. There are numerous steps to negotiate but there is a lift although difficult to locate. Many will recall the media attention during the Vietnam War of the North Vietnamese tank crashing through the gates of the Palace which was at that time home to the President of South Vietnam. The interior has been lovingly preserved and retains the elegant furnishings of the day.
Written July 25, 2020
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Dear Frances, We appreciate your comments. The Palace is covered many kind of old trees in its ground. It marked a significant historic event of Vietnam so preservation is our responsibility. We hope to see you and your family again. Regards,
Written July 27, 2020
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Primepork
Essex, UK484 contributions
A snapshot of modern history
Mar 2020
Very interesting, good to see the tableaux of sixties decor frozen in time. A definite must when visiting Ho Chi Minh City.
Written July 8, 2020
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Thank you for your commmets. Hope to see you again.
Written July 8, 2020
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bhodgkinson
Preston, UK244 contributions
Interesting
Aug 2019 • Solo
No queue to buy a ticket. I really enjoyed my visit to the Palace. There are lots of different rooms with different roles in the Palace. Information is plentiful to learn about the different rooms.
Written June 20, 2020
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Thank you for your visiting and comments. See you!
Written July 2, 2020
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KGB777
Singapore, Singapore41,735 contributions
An interesting museum to visit whilst in HCMC
Mar 2020
This was my first time inside the Independence Palace, visiting in March 2020, despite having been to HCMC on many occasions before. Previously I recall that the opening hours were quite restricted, but on this visit that didn't seem to be the case. There weren't too many other visitors when we were there (probably because of the start of the coronavirus pandemic). Interesting to explore the rooms and understand more of the history of this important building.
Written June 17, 2020
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Dear Sir/Madam, The Palace has been opening from 8am-4pm since January 25th, 2020 (during noontime). See more: https://independencepalace.gov.vn/relic/visiting-hours/ Thank you & see you.
Written July 2, 2020
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