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“Well worth a look”

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 December 8, 2014

I really liked it here and it is very well maintained. I don't think you need a tour guide but it is up to you if you want to understand the history better. I was quite impressed with the inside and the gardens are lovely.

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

We visited the Reunification Palace late afternoon - it was raining so good to be indoors. Lots of 1970's décor and some interesting exhibits. Allow about an hour.

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Reviewed December 7, 2014

The building was very nice - but pity they replaced the original building with such concrete building instead of the traditional original. The rooms were beautiful but the heat was unreal in the interior.

Thank Maresaq
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Reviewed December 6, 2014

Our Exo guide, Mr Le Anh Tuan was well versed with the sights of HCM City. He explained the different rooms of the palace, the basement shelter and US Network housed there before HCM was liberated.

The scars of war are not visible nor felt in the minds or hearts of the young Vietnamese. While they have not forgotten, they seem to have forgiven and want to move on to a new future.

Still of communist disposition, the transition to socialism and partial capitalistic activity is being introduced with very mixed results.

The meeting rooms with visiting dignitaries and state functionaries have distinct characteristic and follow a protocol that was the order of that time. The items on display are worth viewing and the time we spent absorbing was well worth it.

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Reviewed December 6, 2014

I would suggest skipping the palace unless you have nothing else to do. The only interesting facet were the bunkers where several maps from the 1970s were posted showing troop locations and movement. Otherwise, you can wander around the corridors and look at a lot of poorly decorated rooms. Very little information presented and our guide didn't have much to add either.

1  Thank JC W
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