Independence Palace in Saigon (instagram/8aicious)
- 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1.
- Reunification palace Ho Chi Minh opening hours:
7:30 – 11:00 am, 13:00 – 16:00 pm daily.
- Reunification palace Ho Chi Minh entrance fee: 30.000 VND/ adult (1.5 USD)
Independence Palace Ho Chi Minh or Reunification Palace (previously Norodom Palace) opened for public on October 31st, 1966.
It is one of special national relics of Vietnam, making it a must in the list of Vietnam destinations and Saigon attractions.
President Nguyen Van Thieu is the leader of the former regime who maintained the longest campaign (from October 1967 to April 21st, 1975).
Exhibition area of photos and items under US War, especially in spring 1975 general offensive campaign.
Jeep M152A2 was the vehicle carrying President Duong Van Minh to Saigon Radio Station to convey his unconditional surrender speech to the revolution government at noon on April 30th, 1975.
Mercedes Benz W110 200 made in Germany in the 1960s was one of President Nguyen Van Thieu’s vehicles.
This is the trophy of Regiment 48, Division 390, Army 1 of Liberation Corps when confronting with the General Army of the Republic of Vietnam at 9:10 am on April 30th, 1975.
The flag, seal, and high ranking medals of the former regime which the soldiers earned in the Independence Palace Ho Chi Minh on April 30th, 1975.
The hat of Lieutenant Bui Quang Than, who flagged on the roof of the Independence Palace Saigon at 11:30 am on April 30th, 1975.
The AK guns of tank unit headed to Independence Palace Saigon on April 30th, 1975 are also displayed.
The kitchen is the place to cook and serve formal receptions. It’s equipped as a five-star hotel’s kitchen at that time.
All equipment is made of stainless steel, made in Japan in 1966, operated by gas and electricity. There is a separated freezer for food preservation, an air exhausting system and elevator for transfering 100kg to the upper floors.
UH1 helicopter lands on the rooftop. This aircraft was made by Bell company (US) and equipped for the US army in 1959 and operated in the Vietnam War in 1962.
The two red circles as well as the shrapnel remnants remind of the bombing incident on April 8th, 1975 of pilot Nguyen Thanh Trung.
Unused carpeted entrance in the Independence Palace Saigon, Vietnam.
President Reception Room with two connecting rooms.
The Ambassadors’ Chamber. In 1975, many countries placed their embassies in Saigon. The Ambassadors came here to present their credentials to the President.
The interior is highlighted by a "Binh Ngo Dai Cao" painting, which assembled forty pieces depicting the peaceful life of the Vietnamese in the 15th century.
Conference hall which can accommodate up to 500 people is the place holding meetings, receptions, cabinet launching.
In November 1975, the Political Consultative Conference was held in order to discuss the unification of the North and South.
Banquet hall, a venue for banquets with a capacity of more than 100 guests. On October 31st, 1967, the inauguration party of President Nguyen Van Thieu and Vice President Nguyen Cao Ky took place in this room.
National Security Council Chamber, the meeting's venue of the Council and the Cabinet of the Republic of Vietnam.
The tidy dining room with glass walls and luxury carpet.
The cinema with a capacity of 50 spectators.
Projector setting area.
Oval green grass carpet in front of the Palace with thousands of square meters.