Independence Palace


Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

Characteristic: This is the place marking the complete victory of anti-American resistance war, libration of the South and national reunification.

History of Foundation
Originally called Norodom Palace and Palace of Indochina Governor General, the Independence Palace was built in 1868 and inaugurated in 1871.

After 1954, Ngo Dinh Diem, South Viet Nam’s Presdent, and his family lived and worked in the Norodom Palace. He decided to renamed it the Independence Palace. In 1962, this palace was heavily destroyed by bombs. President Diem commanded the remains to be destroyed and to rebuild the palace It was designed by Western-trained architect Ngo Viet Thu. The construction was undertaken by Sai Gon engineers and was completed in 1966.

◊ Architecture
The new palace was built on an area of 120,000m² with a surface area of 4,500m². It included a basement, 3 main floors, 2 mezzanines, one terrace, and one upper floor. There are a total of 95 rooms in the palace, each decorated according to its function. The palace also features two exhibition rooms, a 33-room guest house, and numerous entertainment services such as tennis courts and octagonal house.

On 30 April 1975, the tanks of the liberation army entered The Independence Palace, and the Sai Gon government, including 45 members and President Duong Van Minh, surrendered without condition.

After the liberation, The Independence Palace became headquarters of the city's military administration committee. The political consultation for national unification was held in this palace. Nowadays, The Independence Palace has become a historic, cultural relic attracting domestic as well as international visitors.
Opening time: 7.30am - 11.00am and 1.00pm - 4.00pm daily.

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EXPLORE FULL DAY HO CHI MINH CITY & CU CHI TUNNEL TOUR
Full history day, Vietnam 101. After all is said and done, you shouldn’t have any questions left unanswered. Start with a day tour of Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon bef...
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EXPLORE HALF DAY HO CHI MINH CITY TOUR
Get a locals perspective on the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City formerly known as Saigon. The largest city in Vietnam isn’t the capital, however much of Vietnam’s history h...
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Ho Chi Minh - Cu Chi Tunnel full day tour
Full history day, Vietnam 101. After all is said and done, you shouldn’t have any questions left unanswered. Start with a day tour of Ho Chi Minh city, formerly known as Saigon bef...
Price USD $40
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Ho Chi Minh Half day tour
Get a locals perspective on the history and culture of Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. The largest city in Vietnam isn’t the capital, however much of Vietnam’s history ...
Price USD $26