The New US Consulate, Located inside what was the compound of the former U.S. Embassy in the then capital of South Vietnam, the building is only a stone's throw from the presidential palace of the former South Vietnamese government and is off limits to tourist!.
The embassy, which has since been demolished, saw the final Marine helicopter, loaded with last U.S. personnel, lift off from its rooftop April 29, 1975, marking the end of 21 years of U.S. involvement in the Vietnam War. The war came to an end only hours later when tanks from then North Vietnam smashed open the gates of the presidential palace in what was then called Saigon.The U.S. removed its economic embargo against Vietnam in 1994 and normalized diplomatic relations with its former foe a year later in recognition of Vietnam's efforts in the search for American servicemen listed as missing-in-action during the war.
Hence there is a replica of the huey helicopter and the roof of the former us embassy at the top floor of Reunification Palace.
At present, the US Embassy is now a US Consulate, with the embassy moved to Hanoi.
The United States Consulate occupies a huge building along Le Duan Street. This is the exact site where the former US Embassy stood throughout the Vietnam War.
Many people are familiar of the television scenes of the Tet Offensive in 1968 when the Viet Cong breached the compound and got in a firefight with the US Marines.
Another event that made the Embassy famous was the helicopter evacuations of US and South Vietnamese at the end of the Vietnam War in 1975.
This building stood empty until the US consulate was built and opened in 1999.
You can't see the United States Embassy building from which the helocopters left in 1975. That structure was torn down in 1998 to make room for the new U.S. consulate that was opened in 1999.
The only thing in the space occupied by the old embassy is a monument dedicated to the Viet Cong who breached the compound and got in a firefight with the US Marines during the Tet Offensive of 1968.
The embassy was being demolished when we were there and I am not sure what will be put in its place. There is a Plaque outside which will probably stay as a monument. We bought the ‘before’ pictures from a lady on the street who told us a few interesting stories - whether she actually witnessed the evacuation or not I can’t be sure.
Former US Embassy - The grounds are in a state of neglect with vegetation growing up around the buildings. A plaque outside records the attack during the 1968 Tet Offensive and the final victory in 1975. I believe the building has now been pulled down.
For Americans, a common pilgrimage is to the former US embassy (the rooftop of which we all saw in those 1975 films of the helicopters ferrying out the last of the American staff). It's not an attractive building, and it has no connection anymore with our government, but for some reason we like to look at it.
The embassy was attacked during the 1968 Tet Offensive and is famous for the evacuation in 1975 when helicopters landed on the roof to get the last Americans out.