Independence Palace - Things to Know Before Visiting
135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Phường Bến Thành, Quận 1, Hồ Chí Minh 700000, Vietnam
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About Independence Palace
Also known as Reunification Palace, it 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 30 April 1975, when a North Vietnamese army tank crashed through its gates.
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It contains exhibits relating to the Vietnam War and the First Indochina War. The main exhibits include artillery and armor collections, photographs from the war and of the chemical weapons used.
A former European style palace converted into a museum. Hosts numerous local artefacts, as well as holds collections that detail the geography as well as the commercial significance of Hoch Chi Minh city. There is an underground bunker and tunnel that the visitors could also explore.
Established by French colonists who initially named it L'eglise de Saïgon, the cathedral was constructed between 1863 and 1880. The name Notre-Dame Cathedral has been used since 1959. It has two bell towers, reaching a height of 58 meters (190 feet). All the original building materials were imported from France and the cathedral foundation was designed to bear ten times the weight of the cathedral.
A post office known for its Gothic, Renaissance and French influences. The building was constructed when Vietnam was part of French Indochina in the late 19th century. It is adorned with a most artistic façade, and is particularly well laid out and well equipped.
A large market place in central Hoh Chi Minh City, popular for handicrafts, textiles, souvenirs and local food.
Built in 1897 by French architect Eugène Ferret, the 500 seat building was used as the home of the Lower House assembly of South Vietnam after 1956. It was again used as a theatre from 1975, and restored in 1995.
Where is Independence Palace
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Ho Chi Minh City, also known by its former name of Saigon is the most populous city in Vietnam with a population of 8.4 million. It is the financial centre of Vietnam and a major air travel gateway to Vietnam.
What Visitors Say About Independence Palace
There is a lot to see inside and outside the Independence Palace. You can explore and engage with Vietnam's recent history. The building used to be the French coloniser's governors residence and office before it was turned into the Reunification Palace. You can see many reception rooms that have historical value to the development of Vietnam in the last 60 years. In case you get hungry there a three restaurants/ coffee shops on the premises and a playground for children. Finding the parking is a little tricky as you have to ride your bike on the sidewalk. Behind the ticket booth is the entrance for scooter parking.