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“Visit along with the War Remnants Museum”

The Independence Palace
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.
Reviewed November 16, 2012

They're only a few blocks apart and a most simple walk. If you're an American you will recognize the top of this building as the site of the famous photo of the people in a panic to climb aboard the last Huey out! The original photo has long been misidentified as taking place at the U.S. Embassy. They have complimentary tours starting every 15 minutes or so, but you can get the gist of the place on your own although you must take the tour if you want to know any specifics as there are no signs nor explanations at all. Still, it's a nice visual tour. Hmmmmm.... So this is where they lost the war! Hmmmm... So this is the room they played games in and relaxed while they were losing the war. I would say visit the Remnants Museum first as you will definitely need something a bit lighter to do after. Walk out of the front gate of Remnants and turn left. A block down turn right and walk up the block to see the Palace to your right. Also from there it is an easy walk to Notre Dame and the Post Office with lots of little coffee shops and restaurants to stop at on the way. Just walk back where you came from and with the Palace to your back just keep going straight. By the way, wi fi is everywhere so I take my IPad with me constantly.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

As a Vietnam War veteran this place was very interesting remembering its significance at the end of the war.

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Reviewed November 15, 2012

I really loved exploring this palace...there are so many different rooms and areas which take you back to a different time. I found it really cool that the rooms are still decorated the way they were in the 70's and there's lots of old technology left in place. I found myself just imagining the place full of important people, who used to live there and make decisions for the war there. Highlights for me were the old theater room and the helicopter pad on the roof, as well as being out front on the balcony and looking out over the lawn imagining the tanks taking down the gates.

They do not teach you so much about the war as they do about the palace itself in relation to the war, so a little background on Vietnam really helps (or go with someone who knows more than you, as I did).

Thank Mbotch
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Reviewed November 14, 2012

This place is grand, imposing and a delight to walk through. It shows what the Vietnam of years past was like for those who governed the country. From the outside it appears as one of the most impressive buildings one can hope to see. Inside, it is similarly grand and the country's history is explained in every room. A must for visitors to Vietnam. In fact we have been there three times in our fours visits to Vietnam. The palace is easily accessible from most parts of HCMC and an easy walk from nearby museums and other attractions.

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Reviewed November 13, 2012

We had hoped to learn more about the war and felt that the display completely under-sold the whole episode in the country's history.

As newbies to the country and the war, we had hoped for a little education on what had happened. The Palace offers some insight into what happened, but little on the why.

Its a strange assortment of old memorabilia, a photo gallery and a handful of replica machines (the Land Rover that took the ex-president to announce his stepping down, the plane that shot at the Palace, the tanks that rolled in through the gates ...).

I guess we were a little naive that we thought it might educate us, so I'm now reading up on the political aspects of the war!

Thank SLLushi
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