Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City

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    Reunification Palace - Escape

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 11, 2011

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    There is a replica of the US Helicopter that was used for the evacation of the President before the Viet Cong arrived. Its located on the roof , directly outside one of the formal rooms. Tanks are visible on the grounds below.

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    Secret Headquarters - Reunification Palace

    by easterntrekker Updated Feb 11, 2011

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    The basement, was for me, the most interesting part. This area served as a secret headquaters and the heart of operations for the South during the war .All the old telco equipment and war maps are here. It also served as a bomb shelter.

    It has an eariness to it .The narrow corridors painted army green help to take us back to this troubled time.

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    Reunification Palace

    by easterntrekker Written Feb 9, 2011

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    This is the site where the tanks roled in from the North in 1976 and the War was ended.

    Its rather plain and worn looking inside. There's no AC so it was a bit of a challenge climbing the 5 flights of stairs.

    We looked in on what was the dining room ,Presidents Office and various other official rooms and living quarters. It was all left intack and just as it was in 1976 when the President fled.

    The upstairs office with maps was actually just a decoy .The real heart of it all was in the basement.

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  • The Reunification Palace

    by thescene Updated Jan 10, 2011

    The Reunification Palace used to be presidential palace of the South Vietnamese government. The famous picture of a North Vietnamese tank smashing through it's gates signaled the reunification of Vietnam under Communist rule and the end of one of the bloodiest conflicts in history. Today visitors can visit the palace and see an exhibit on the Vietnam War including a replica of that tank.

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    REUNIFICATION PALACE

    by ancient_traveler Written Aug 13, 2010

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    Also known as Independence Palace (this is the old name). This is a restored five-floor time warp to the Sixties left largely untouched from the day before Saigon fell to the North (construction started in 1962 and finished in 1966).

    Open daily 7:30AM-11:00AM, 1PM-4PM.

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    Tanks

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    These two tanks in the palace grounds were used to break through the gates of the palace by the North Vietnamese Army on April 30th 1975 which then lead to the fall of the South and the end of the Vietnamese War. Tank 843 is a Russian made T54 tank while tank 390 is a Chinese made T59 tank.

    Open: 7.30-11am & 1-4pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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    Basement

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    The eerie basement, full of vintage 1960s phones, radios, and office equipment, is supposedly left exactly as it was found when the North took over. There is also a photo gallery and a propaganda film recounting how the South Vietnamese supporters and American imperialists succumbed to Ho Chi Minh's indomitable revolutionary forces, upon which point the South Vietnamese supporters were forgiven and everyone lived happily ever after.

    Open: 7.30-11am & 1-4pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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    Presidents Car

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    This Mercedes car was one of the cars used by the President of the Republic of Vietnam Nguyen Van Thieu. It was seized when the North Vietnamese Army broke through the gates of the palace grounds on April 30th 1975.

    Open: 7.30-11am & 1-4pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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    60's Furniture

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    These are just some photos of the wonderful 60's furniture that don't feel out of place on the set of a 60's James Bond movie or even an Austin Powers film!

    Open: 7.30-11am & 1-4pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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    Where the Vietnam war ended

    by Willettsworld Written May 3, 2010

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    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 Vietnamese Air Force to assassinate President Diem. The assassination attempt failed, but the bombing damaged the building enough for Diem to order it torn down and built anew - not that he ever got to see the finished product as he was murdered before its completion. The Palace was completed in 1966 and merges classic 60's architecture with the principles of feng shui and Chinese calligraphy. The design of the building is said to represent the Chinese character Hung which means the nation to be prosperous forever.

    It was here that Australian photojournalist Neil Davis took the photo of the NVA tank bursting through the gates of the palace on April 30 1975 as Saigon fell to the North Vietnamese - and barely a thing has been changed since. Walking the empty hallways and the maze-like bunker system in the basement has a true surrealistic quality to it that is oddly reminiscent of The Thunderbirds! The furniture and fixtures and fittings are very kitsch and don't feel out of place on the set of a 60's James Bond movie or even an Austin Powers film! Fantastic place that has to be visited for the history and architecture alone.

    Open: 7.30-11am & 1-4pm. Admission: 15,000 VND.

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    A part of history

    by muratkorman Written Nov 1, 2008

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    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 presidential palace of South Vietnam. The building hasn't been renovated since the take over of communists in 1975. There are guided tours which take about an hour and you can visit most of the rooms and hear about their stories. An interesting point is the high technology used more than 3 decades ago in this building coming from Japan. Entrance fee is 15000 Vietnamese Dong or 1 USD. Palace is open between 7:30 am to noon and from 1 pm to 5 pm. It is worth a visit if you want to get more involved in Vietnam history.

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    Getting lost is a possibility

    by screamcheese Written Oct 22, 2008

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    I came in with my relatives but ended up getting lost!! Yup! I couldn't understand the place coz there are elevators/stairs everywhere.

    The helicopter at the topmost is said to be a historical one.

    Even during their time politicians know how to relax and unwind..they even have a gambling room up there!

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    Reunification Palace

    by kenningst Written Aug 26, 2008

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    Reunification Palace needs to introduction as it holds of the most important focal point of Vietnamese History. The famous story of the tank that crush the gates symbolize the end of the ruling of the goverment body. Take some time to walk around all the floors and also the underground. Interesting indeed.

    Entrance Ticket : 15,000 dong
    Palace open: 7:30am - 12.00pm & 1:00pm - 5:00pm

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    Reunification Palace

    by betska Updated Aug 9, 2008

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    This was originally the Presidential Palace where Ngo Dinh Diem resided. It was bombed in an assassination attempt in 1962. The president and his family escaped but the palace had to be re-built in 1966 and was re-named Reunification Hall. You can see that historical photo inside of tanks crashing through the gates in the fall of Saigon on 30 April 1975 - symbolizing the end of Sth Vietnam and it's government. The basement in particuar is interesting. There are operation rooms, military maps and old radios and communications equipment. Even old vehicles. The building and rooms have been left just as they were back in 1975. So you will see that 70's kitsch. Loved it.

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    Reunification Palace, HCMC

    by chizz Updated Jul 23, 2008
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    Also known as the Independence Palace and the President's Palace. It is a fine example of 1960's architecture and was formerly the palace of the former President's of South Vietnam. You can see many rooms of the palace such as offices, the meeting hall, lounge and gardens area.

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