The Presidential Palace of Vietnam was built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. It was constructed by Auguste Henri Vildieu, the official French architect for Vietnam. The striking yellow palace stands behind iron gates flanked by sentry boxes. Like most French colonial architecture, the palace is pointedly European.
When Vietnam achieved independence in 1954, Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the building for symbolic reasons, although he still received state guests there. Today, the palace hosts important government meetings. It is not open to the public but the grounds are accessible for 5000 Dong.
Not open to the public, except through organised tours but forming part of the Ho Chi Minh Museum complex, the Presidential Palace is an excellent example of some of the grand, turn-of-the century colonnial buildings in Hanoi.
Chessy is the word..... the Presidential Palace. Yellow, being so distinctive, it's hard not to notice it. It's just next to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House. You can only view the outside of the buiding as you are not allowed to enter it.
Facts about Presidential Palace
* a place where President Ho lived and worked from 1954 to last day of Sep 1969
* restored colonial building constructed in 1906
* formerly Palace of the Governor General of Indochina
* used for official receptions
Built in 1906 as the Palace of the Governor General of Indochina, this restored colonial building is not open to the public but you can walk around the grounds for 5000 dong (30 cents) and snap photos.
Just along from Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum is the Presidential Palace, built between 1900 and 1906 for the French governers of Indochina, it is now used for receptions and meetings.. Ho Chi Minh himself refused to use the palace and instead took over the quarters of the palace electrician.
Evidently at one time the government wanted to change the colour of the building and were going to paint it orange. Thank goodness that didn't happen, the yellow is quite distinctive and not too bright.
I took this picture outside the front gate with the camera inside. The guard called my attention and my guide said let us go away. Take care in taking pictures here.
This beautiful building is just north of HCM's mausoleum. I guess the current president lives there?
It's not particularly huge, but you get a sense of how he lived and what he did...The stilted house was very fascinating...
This palace in right next to Mausoleum, so after you visit the preserved Mr Ho you'll find this yellow palace and some historical building near a lake where Mr Ho Chi Minh lived during the war.
This is Ho Chi Minh's humble residence,the Presidential Palace. He had a stilthouse nearby where he pretended to live. It has a big carp-filled pond where he used to fish and relax.