By Sai Gon Local Guide
"Reunification Palace (Hoi Truong Thong Nhat) is one of the most fascinating things to see in Saigon, " said Daniel Robinson and Joe Cummings, the two authors of a famous travel survival book about Vietnam.
Historically and architecturally, it is.
With regard to history this building witnessed every historic events happening to the Saigon government until the regime finally collapsed in April 30, 1975.
Twenty years after the liberation of Saigon, the name of this historical building has become familiar to every inhabitant of this city. However, formerly, in the Saigon regime, the building was known as Dinh Doc Lap (which means the Independence Palace) where different presidents of South Vietnam resided.
Under the Saigon regime, the "Independence Palace" always symbolized the power of the government of "South Vietnam." In the end, on the morning of April 30, 1975, a tank of the Liberation forces crashed into the iron gate of the palace terminating the existence of a regime.
In addition to historic value, the Reunification Palace is also famed for its architectural characteristics which are unique in Vietnam. History has it that in 1868 a palace for the General Governor of Cochinchina, then a French colony, was built on what is now the Independence Palace.
The building later became the presidential palace of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam) following the 1954 Geneva Treaty. Later, a new design for the building was carefully drawn up by Ngo Viet Thu, one of the most talented Vietnamese architects. The new building was constructed on the site and completed in 1966.
Located in the heart of downtown Saigon, the Reunification Palace was built on a block of 12 hectares, bordering four streets: Nam Ky Khoi Nghia in the front (the main entrance is open to Le Duan Boulevard), Huyen Tran Cong Chua in the back, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai on the right and Nguyen Du on the left. Surrounded by immense lawns and high trees in its gardens, the main building of the palace is modern architecture, typical of the 60's.
Before 1975, access to the palace and some surroudning areas was prohibited to the public. Now the site has become a famous tourist attraction in HCM City. The palace hosts about 700-1,000 tourists per day on average. According to Mr. Bui Duc Huy, the palace's director, the number of visitors can amount to 2,500-3,000 on Sundays.
The Reunification Palace is open all the week from 7 :30 am to 11 :30 am and 1 :00 pm to 5:00 pm. Entrance fee: VND2,000 a child and VND15,000 an adult. Tel: 294117.
9 Reviews of Reunification Palace
Known as Independence Palace before the fall of Saigon to communists, the Reunification Palace was home and command center of General Nguyen Van Thieu - head of a military junta who came to power after the first...
1968 after completion of conquering “Six provinces of the South”, the French colonialists built here a palace. At first the palace was the residence of the Governor General of the South. From 1887 (Oct....
Reunification Palace is one the most important attractions in Ho Chi Minh City because it was the site where Vietnam war was ended. This palace was the home and workplace for the President of south Vietnam. It...
Reeunification palace or Thong Nhat Conference Hall is a Presidential Palace. It was built in 1865 on the grounds of Norodom Palace as a residence for the French Governor General of Cochinchina.It was designed by...
This building was originally known as the Presidential Palace or Independence Hall, and is a classic example of 1960's architecture. The original building was bombed in 1962 in an attempt by the South...
Independence Palace- Reunification Palace was completed in 1966 after three years of construction . President Diem commissioned the building of the Palace but unfortunately was assassinated shortly after...
Reunification Palace or Independence Palace plays an important role in Vietnam history. On 30 April 1975 the tanks broke the gate open and a new era started in Vietnam. The building was built in 1966 to be the...
We found our visit to the Palace very interestering and gave us an excellent insight into the recent history of the South Vietnamese people over the last 60 years. Easy to get to from the City Centre, a pleasant 15...
This is frozen in 1975. I didn't believe that it would be original, but it is - down to the office chairs. The basement bunker is full of communications gear and a war room! I am a retro fan so the 1960s...
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