The Independence Palace - top Saigon attractions

Firstly built on the site of the former Norodom Palace by Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu, the palace was served as presidential home and workplace. And the moment when the North Vietnamese tank crashed its gates on April 30th, 1975, the palace was remembered vividly as a marked end to the war, just like the fall of Berlin Wall.

Regarding its design, the Reunification Palace’s architecture is proud to own a blend of traditional ritual and modern architecture, typical of the 60s’. Since its construction, the building has gone through several renovations.  A major work was undertaken from 1962 to 1963, which made the President change his office temporarily to Gia Long Palace, which is now the location of Ho Chi Minh City Museum. Much political turbulence led to the come and go of several South Vietnam Presidents, until 1975 when the war officially ended and Vietnam became one country.

When you wander around its rooms, you may be reminded of various important moments in the past of Vietnam, especially the war command, huge maps and old communication equipment, as well as the basement labyrinth. The building now functions as a museum, where visitors can view the F5E fighter plane which bombed the palace on 8thApril 1975 and tank 843 which led the final assault through the palace gate at 11.30AM on 30th April 1975. 

With price of VND 20,000 (~ $1), you can visit the Reunification Palace all the week from 7.30 AM to 11.30AM and 1.00PM to 5.00 PM. Combined with other interesting destination in Saigon day trips, we assure to bring you more excited feeling at our beautiful Saigon City.