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“Also known as the Independence Palace”

The Independence Palace
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Fee: Yes
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 April 24, 2013

This building is a historic point and when it was captured - the war ended. The rooms are mainly kept as they were at that time. It is still used for official functions and is worth seeing both because it is an interesting building but its historic significance.

Thank Lily933
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

It was on a very hot day when we visited this place and with the heat, it was almost hard to follow our tour guide. The place is well conserved, fortunately we googled before we took the tour as our guide was telling us some weird stories about this place! Anyway, history remains interesting the reunification of the north and south after the departure of the Americans.

Thank Adelaida Gigi P
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

It isn't impressive. It has gross architecture and fancy rooms which are relatively modern. There are free guided tours and the basement is kind of exciting. Check out the helicopter on the roof too. Not bad when killing a couple of hours on a rainy Saigon afternoon.

Thank mikeygreen90
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Reviewed April 24, 2013

So glad they didn't update the building nor the interior. For a 40 year old building, there are many reminders of one's youth mixed with the purpose of the building as a stately institution. you'll remember the end of the Vietnam War when Vietnamese tanks breached the gates at the Palace and brought the war to a close. It's been restored, but the rooms are sterile and you can quickly walk through all four floors of exhibits

Thank Jade M
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Reviewed April 23, 2013

This is the center of government of south Vietnam during war, you can see they have some meeting room and receptionist room of nation grade, it feels grand.

Thank Tobypoh
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