Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Independence Palace-Must-stop in Ho Chi Minh City

    by KeithValentina Written Apr 21, 2015

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    Independence Palace- Reunification Palace is a must- visit tourist attraction in Ho Chi Minh city. The Independence Palace is situated at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, Ben Thanh, district 1, Ho Chi Minh city center.
    Open time: on Wednesday from 7:30 am- 11 am and 1 pm- 4:30 pm
    The architecture of Independence Palace
    When talking about Saigon with characteristic and unique architecture, people usually mention to the Independence Palace with its important historical role to Vietnam country and its position on economics, politics, and society to the whole Southeast Asia as well as in the world.
    The façade of the Independence Palace is on the three- way intersection Nam Ky Khoi Nghia and Le Duan street. It has area of 15 hectares. On this site, on February 23, 1863, French colonial General De lagrandière laid the first brick for its construction, and named Dinh Norodom. Dinh Norodom was built and completed after 3 years; this was the headquarter for French colonial in Indochina.
    During the colonial era, this was the headquarter of French Generals and also known as Palais Norodom. In 1865, according to newspaper Courier de Saigon: “the first related studies shown that building a palace as a forever headquarter for French officials replaced temporary tube houses”. And the Palais Norodom was one of massive palaces built with this purpose, as the design of architect Hermite. According to historical documents, the first stone of the palace was manually placed by Admiral De Lagrandière on February 23, 1863. This historic stone was taken in Bien Hoa, in square shape with each side of 50 cm, inside holes of the stone contains the current coins made of gold, silver, copper, were carved with King Napoleon III. The material of the palace was largely transferred from France. Due to the France-German War (occurring in 1870), until 1873, the construction was completed and the decoration for the Independence Palace lasted two years (1875). At that time the Unification Avenue (now Le Duan Street) was called Norodom Boulevard which was still muddy and wet. This palace is considered one of the most beautiful villas in Southeast Asia. The façade was described with 80 meters wide, inside the living room had capacity of 800 people. Surrounded by extensive gardens with all kinds of trees, it looked spectacular. In front of the Reunification Palace, a vintage cannon is located at the foot of the flagpole that makes the palace more majestic.
    Many political events have occurred for nearly a century under French colonial era. After the defeat Dien Bien Phu and Genève 1954 agreement, Norodom Palace was handed back to Vietnam. In 1954, the Ngo Dinh Diem was seated on Norodom Palace. On October 26, 1956 Norodom Palace was renamed "Palace of Independence", ie the President Palace. After bombing by two pilots: Nguyen Van Cu and Pham Phu Quoc (dated February 27, 1962), the Norodom palace was entirely destroyed; hence, Diem government decided to rebuild and named it the Palace of Independence.
    The construction time lasted three years, it is completed on October 31, 1966. During the construction, about 6 months, the construction was delayed due to domestic politic problems in the Saigon government; the government of Ngo Dinh Diem was defeated on November, 1963.
    This area of 12 hectares, a surface area is about 2,000 square meters. The building has an area of 4.500 square meters, including one ground floor, 3 main floors, 2 mezzanines, 1 terrace can be used for landing place of helicopters, over 100 rooms, 4,000 lights, 400internal telephone lines, 1 permanent basement, 1 backup Radio, 1 commanding room, etc. The author of this work is architect Ngo Viet Thu who was winner of Khoi Nguyen Architecture ward in Rome. Architecturally, according to Ngo Viet Thu architect, from the inside to the outside the building, all architecture represents a traditional oriental legend, a holy ritual under customary of the nation. The center of the Reunification Palace is the Credential room whose position is compared with Thai Hoa Palace in the Hue imperial Citadel.
    On 8 April 1975, Nguyen Thanh Trung, a pilot of the Vietnam Air Force and an undetected communist spy, flew an F-5E aircraft from Biên Hòa Air Base to bomb the palace, but caused no significant damage. At 10:45 on 30 April 1975, a tank of the North Vietnamese Army bulldozed through the main gate, ending the Vietnam War.
    In November 1975, after the negotiation convention between the communist North Vietnam and their colleagues in South Vietnam was completed, the Provisional Revolutionary Government renamed the palace Reunification Hall.
    In some nights, especially on holidays, beholding the sparkling Independence Palace and firework displays, to tourists, the Independence Palace is covered a new symbol: the peaceful atmosphere covers the whole Vietnam. (source from http://saigon-online.net/?p=1879).

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    Reunification palace

    by balhannah Updated Dec 30, 2013

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    President Diem commissioned the building of the Palace but unfortunately was assassinated shortly after construction started. The building was completed in 1966 on the site of the former Norodom Palace. The Palace became the home of then President of South Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu until the fall of Saigon in 1975.

    Reunification Palace’s architecture is a mix of traditional and modern architecture of the late 1960s.
    Inside the Palace was very interesting! Information on various important events I could read about, I saw the war command room with its huge maps and old communication equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth. I loved seeing the original furnishings of the Palace.

    Outside is a F5E fighter plane which bombed the palace on 8th April 1975 and tank 843 which led the final assault through the palace gate at 11.30AM on 30th April 1975 - this is what it is most remembered for.

    OPEN all the week from 7.30 AM to 11.30AM and 1.00PM to 5.00 PM.

    ADMISSION FEE IN 2013
    ADULTS VND 20,000
    Guided tours in English are also available.
    Getting there is extremely easy by taxi, motorbike or walking, as the palace is so well-known and right in the center.

    Its a good idea to buy the book with the admission fee, as it shows photos and info on everything in the museum, I think better than my own attempts of photos.

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    RENUFICATION HALL

    by alyf1961 Written Oct 11, 2012

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    Built on the site of Norodom Palace, which was the home of the French Governor General.
    The South Vietnam President lived here during the Vietnam war. It was here through the gates that a North Vietnamese tank drove through the gates to mark the fall of Saigon on April 30th 1975.

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    The Tank that Ended The War

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2012

    This is a replica of the Famous PAVN T-55 tank, numbered 390, who stormed the gates of the Presidential Palace on April 30, 1975, thus ending the war. It lies in display at the parade grounds of the Reunification Palace.

    According to Wikipedia:

    After one day of bombardment and general offensive, the North Vietnamese were ready to make their final push into the city. In the early hours of April 30, Dung received orders from the Politburo to attack. He then ordered his field commanders to advance directly to key facilities and strategic points in the city.[42] The first PAVN unit to enter the city was the 324th Division.[43] Duong Van Minh, who had been president of South Vietnam for only three days, at 10:24 announced a surrender and asked South Vietnamese forces "to cease hostilities in calm and to stay where they are," while inviting the Provisional Revolutionary Government to engage in "a ceremony of orderly transfer of power so as to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed in the population."[44]

    Entrance fee: VND2,000 for children child and VND15,000 for adults.
    Opens Daily 7:30-11:00am and 1:00 -5:00 pm
    However, the North Vietnamese were uninterested in a peaceful handover and forcefully took the city, arresting Minh. The gates of the Independence Palace were destroyed by PAVN T-54/55 tanks as they entered, and the NLF flag was raised over the Palace at 11:30. At 15:30, Minh broadcast over the radio, stating "I declare the Saigon government...completely dissolved at all levels."[citation needed] The dissolution of the South Vietnamese government effectively ended the Vietnam War.

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    Former Presidential Place of South Vietnam: Inside

    by machomikemd Written Jul 2, 2012

    This will be the pictures of the inside of the Palace.

    the Reunification Palace is a series of rather empty rooms . Tour private quarters, dining rooms, entertainment lounges, and the president's office that feel like everybody just up and left one day -- they did -- and a tour is almost eerie really. Most interesting is the war command room, with its huge maps and old communications equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth. There is an ongoing screening in a series of rooms in the basement -- mercifully cool and a good rest while touring -- of mostly propaganda about the war years (plays in French, English, Japanese, and Chinese in separate screening rooms).

    this building is most notable for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in April 30 1975, Duong Van Minh (the interim president after the Military President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned and fled into exile), who had been president of South Vietnam for only three days, at 10:24 announced a surrender and asked South Vietnamese forces "to cease hostilities in calm and to stay where they are," while inviting the Provisional Revolutionary Government to engage in "a ceremony of orderly transfer of power so as to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed in the population.

    However, the North Vietnamese were uninterested in a peaceful handover and forcefully took the city, arresting Minh. The gates of the Independence Palace were destroyed by PAVN T-54/55 tanks as they entered, and the NLF flag was raised over the Palace at 11:30. At 15:30, Minh broadcast over the radio, stating "I declare the Saigon government...completely dissolved at all levels. The dissolution of the South Vietnamese government effectively ended the Vietnam War.

    Entrance fee: VND2,000 for children child and VND15,000 for adults.
    Opens Daily 7:30-11:00am and 1:00 -5:00 pm

    the presidential office dining hall meeting hall for cabinet ministers receiving room ante room
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    Former Palace of Democratic South Vietnam (1)

    by machomikemd Updated Jul 2, 2012

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    This will be a multi part tips on the Reunification Palace, Otherwise known as the former Presidential Palace of the Defunct South Vietnam.

    This will be the pictures of the entrance to the Palace.

    Lagrandière, Governor of French Cochinchina started it's construction and named it Norodom Palace after the name of then king of Cambodia (king Norodom (1834-1904). The avenue in front of the palace born the same name until they change it to the Present Le Duan Boulevard (A famous vietnamese leader after ho chi minh) . From 1871 to 1887, the palace was for the use of the French Governor of the Cochinchina (Gouverneur de la Cochinchine) therefore it was referred to as Governor's Palace.

    In 1955, Ngô Đình Diệm became president of the Republic of Vietnam and renamed the it th Norodom Palace Independence Hall. From this time this palace became the presidential palace. According to fengshui belief, this palace is located in a dragon's head, therefore it was also referred to as Dragon's Head Palace.

    this building is most notable for its symbolic role in the fall of Saigon in April 30 1975, Duong Van Minh (the interim president after the Military President Nguyen Van Thieu resigned and fled into exile), who had been president of South Vietnam for only three days, at 10:24 announced a surrender and asked South Vietnamese forces "to cease hostilities in calm and to stay where they are," while inviting the Provisional Revolutionary Government to engage in "a ceremony of orderly transfer of power so as to avoid any unnecessary bloodshed in the population.

    However, the North Vietnamese were uninterested in a peaceful handover and forcefully took the city, arresting Minh. The gates of the Independence Palace were destroyed by PAVN T-54/55 tanks as they entered, and the NLF flag was raised over the Palace at 11:30. At 15:30, Minh broadcast over the radio, stating "I declare the Saigon government...completely dissolved at all levels. The dissolution of the South Vietnamese government effectively ended the Vietnam War.

    the Reunification Palace is a series of rather empty rooms . Tour private quarters, dining rooms, entertainment lounges, and the president's office that feel like everybody just up and left one day -- they did -- and a tour is almost eerie really. Most interesting is the war command room, with its huge maps and old communications equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth. There is an ongoing screening in a series of rooms in the basement -- mercifully cool and a good rest while touring -- of mostly propaganda about the war years (plays in French, English, Japanese, and Chinese in separate screening rooms).

    Entrance fee: VND2,000 for children child and VND15,000 for adults.
    Opens Daily 7:30-11:00am and 1:00 -5:00 pm

    pose again Front of Palace my friend welcome facing le duan avenue
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    Le Duan Street

    by machomikemd Written Jun 30, 2012

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    Le Duan Street was formerly the Seat of Power in the defunct South Vietnam Republic. It is here that the former Presidential Palace (now the Reunification Palace) Sits and the Former US Embassy (Now the US Consulate), French Embassy and the British Embassy are located. The Notre Dame Cathedral has a part that lies at the wide boulevard. The Street was renamed into a famous Vietnamese communist politician who had great contribution to Vietnam's revolution. The street is considered the street of foreign embassies and the huge public park along it is a famous spot for picnics, get together and lust plain walking by the locals.

    It starts at the Reunification Palace and Ends at the Saigon Zoo. There is also a refurbished luxe mall (The Diamond Plaza Mall) at the Street Too.

    the park at le duan view of le duan from reunification palace the park start of le duan at the palace part of notre dame is at le duan
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    The Reunification of Vietnam

    by wilocrek Written Jun 25, 2012

    The Reunification Palace was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. It stands a symbol of the resiliency of the Vietnamese people against the tryanny of communism and the United States. It is also a great place to visit to get a good feel of what the strategic aspect of the war was for the Vietanmese.

    In the basement of the palace they still have the same ancient communication equipment and maps used during the war and the place will make you feel like you are on the set of "MASH". The upper floors have war relics displayed and many photos of US soldiers and personnal making a mad dash for the departing helicopters during the Fall of Saigon. You will also see the palace dining rooms and other rooms used by the Vietnamese elite. If you keep going up the stairs it will lead to the roof where there are great views of the city and you can see the part of the roof that was bombed during the war.

    The grounds around the palace are beautiful and much like a sanctuary from the hustle and bustle from the city. The grounds are highlighted by a picturesque fountain and several tanks on display. The following is the entrance fees and operating hours: Entrance Fee:15000VND. Opening hours:7:30AM - 11 AM / 1PM - 4.30PM

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    The reunification palace.

    by cachaseiro Written Oct 20, 2011

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    The reunification palace used to be the presidential palace when Saigon was the capital of south Vietnam.
    It´s in my opinion a pretty ugly building and also not the most interesting building to see inside, but there is a lot of history to it, so i still recommend that you pop by there anyway.
    The most interesting thing about the palace are actually the two tanks parked outside the palace as they were the two tanks that officially ended the Vietnam war by driving through the gates to the palace.
    If you don´t want to pay the entrance to the palace then you can easily see it from the pavement, but entrance fees in Vietnam are small so you might wanna go in there even if it´s not the biggest sight in town.

    The reunification palace in Saigon. The helicopter pad on the roof of the palace. The tank that ended the Vietnam war.
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    VISIT THE REUNIFICATION PALACE..

    by DennyP Updated Oct 19, 2011

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    There are always so many things to see and do when out and about...Time is usually the main factor governing what we have time to see...The Reunification Palace in H.C.M.C is really worth the visit..My thoughts upon walking into the Entrance here was the vision of the Tank (#843) crashing through the gates on April 30th 1975..The day that South Vietnam surrendered and the war finished.This Palace was the residence of the then South Vietnamese premier Nguyen Van Thieu.
    There are many things to view inside and outside the Palace their are many military vehicles including Tank #843. The Palace today is as it was in 1975 (except for new gates)

    THE REUNIFICATION PALACE HO CHI MIN CITY WITH HO CHI MIN IN THE RED ROOM THE PRESIDENT  NGUYEN VAN THIEU'S HELICOPTER THIS IS THE TANK #843 ON DISPLAY BEAUTIFUL GARDENS AND FOUNTAINS WITHIN THE PALACE
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    Reunification Palace

    by schurman23 Written Oct 1, 2011

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    The Reunification Palace is located on the area where the Norodom Palace was formerly erected way back during the French colonial period. The French governor resided there and during Japanese occupation, it became also their headquarters. The Palace was destroyed during the Vietnam War when an aircraft bombed the left wing of the palace. It was then replaced by the current structure which was occupied by then President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates. The communist North Vietnam and its allies in South Vietnam established the provisional government there and thereafter renamed the palace, Reunification Hall.

    This Hall has a lot of convention halls, entertainment room, meeting room, war room, ballroom (im serious) and the President's office.

    reception for american dignitaries front lawn of reunification palace the President's office head statue of ho chi minh near the podium war room
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    Reunification Palace

    by cal6060 Written Jul 28, 2011

    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 hosted many important meetings, and greeted many leaders from other countries. In April 30, 1975, North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates and declared the victory of the communist party, ending the Vietnam war.

    You expect to see modern architecture of the building surrounded by beautiful green landscape. Inside, you can see the President office, meeting halls, conference halls, guest lodge, and outdoor deck to view the City.

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    Stay outside... nothing to see inside !!!!

    by jlanza29 Updated Jun 19, 2011

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    We ran into some fellow traveler's who told us to avoid going inside this old building, but of course we didn't listen and went ahead and went inside !!!! AGAIN !!! Should have listen to my fellow traveler's !!! nothing to see inside, it's old chairs, old telephone's it's like the place stood still in time !!!! there's nothing inside that's worth the time to see. Avoid it if you can, better from the outside and the park across the street.

    This is where the famous photo of the tank knocking over the fence was taken thus ending the Vietnam war for those in the west.

    Nothing worth seeing inside !!!!
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    Live Out Your Spy Thriller Fantasies

    by pa3ciamiranda Written Apr 9, 2011

    So the group decided to take a leisurely 30 minute walk to the Reunification Palace from our hotel. It was supposedly designed with the help of Soviet architects. The tank which crashed through its gates (associated to the fall of Saigon) still graces the front lawn. The rooms that were open to the public remain exactly as they were in 1975. I enjoyed the underground tunnels housing a telecommunications center -- I really got to live out my spy thriller fantasies!

    The palace gates! The lawn. Flowers!
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    Have a look inside the palace.

    by adnan1977 Updated Apr 4, 2011

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    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 Western-trained architect Ngo Viet Thu. The construction was undertaken by Saigon engineers and was completed in 1966.

    The five-story building consists of 100 rooms and chambers decorated with the finest modern Vietnamese arts and crafts. The ground floor room has a boat-shaped table that was often used for conferences. Upstairs, a room called Phu Dau Rong was where Nguyen Van Thieu received foreign delegations. The residential quarters are in the back of the building. On the third floor, there is a card-playing room. This floor also possesses a terrace with a heliport where a helicopter is parked. The fourth floor was used for dancing, and even had a casino. The most interesting part of the building is probably the basement containing a network of tunnels, a telecommunication centre, and a war room.

    Extra Informations.
    Rntrance Ticket : 15,000 dong
    Ticket sales : 7:30 am until 11:00 am and 13:00Pm until 16:00Pm.
    Palace open: 7:30 Am until noon , 13:00 until 17:00 Pm
    They also provide free guided tours ( English, French, Chinese and Japanese.
    Some rooms in the palace are available for hire for meeting and banquets.
    The palace also has facilities for celebrations such as weddings and birthday parties.

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