The Independence Palace
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08:00 - 16:00
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08:00 - 16:00
Tuesday
08:00 - 16:00
Wednesday
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Thursday
08:00 - 16:00
Friday
08:00 - 16:00
Saturday
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Sunday
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“From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868-1966” explores the century-long history of the building that once served as the seat of the French colonial government in Cochinchina. In 1954, this building was renamed Independence Palace. It subsequently witnessed many dramatic episodes in the rise and decline of the government of Ngo Dinh Diem, the founding leader of the Republic of Vietnam
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TBAus
Melbourne, Australia8 contributions
Dec 2022 • Friends
The building provides an interesting insight into the history of South Vietnam. There are a number of exhibitions that showcase the history
Written 6 December 2022
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Leonhkny
Hong Kong, China10,226 contributions
Dec 2022
The former presidential residence of South Vietnam is definitely a highlight of any trip to Ho Chi Minh City. Do spend some time to explore the vast concrete structure and check out different state rooms in the building. The panorama of HCMC at the roof is impressive.
Written 2 December 2022
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DuncanTCH
Rensselaer, NY776 contributions
Nov 2022
Prior to my visit, my knowledge of Independence Palace, as well as the recent history of Vietnam was exceptionally limited. I knew about the war, but the events the lead up to the war were all unknown to me. Independence Palace is a great place to get a better understand of that history. Yes, much of the history presented has a political slant (as many histories do), but the basic facts are also presented and the building is bursting with stories and details. Definitely a must see in Siagon
Written 1 December 2022
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wombatdavid
Hobart, Australia2,218 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a really interesting worthwhile place to visit. Entry fee ḏ40k with no student discount. We did not add on the extra exhibition ticket as it looked boring. There are plenty of signs in English and French so you can look at the palace yourself. Don’t miss the bunker and see the tanks outside (but note that these are not the actual tanks that smashed through). A must see in Sai Gon.
Written 28 November 2022
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Ashish
Mumbai, India39 contributions
Nov 2022
It was a landmark building that every city needs. Very specious and has history attached to it. Liked the paintings in Presidential and VP offices
Written 27 November 2022
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JawaharJoshi
Thane, India258 contributions
Nov 2022 • Family
It is a rebuilt palace which played important role in Vietnam war and after Unification of north and south Vietnam. They have show cased meeting rooms etc.
Written 23 November 2022
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Regine v
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Nov 2022 • Couples
Important building in the history of HCM, even without an audiotour interesting and enough information in English to understand what was happening in the past. Don’t forget to visit the bunker and there are a couple of cafés on the site which are very nice for a refreshing drink.
Written 17 November 2022
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Beate L
Nuertingen, Germany12 contributions
Nov 2022
This is a journey into the past. Everything was preserved - from the roof to the bunker (including helicopter and cars). It is great that this place is now a museum for all and everyone can join the park, tennis etc.
Written 14 November 2022
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Mopops00
Salem, India25 contributions
Nov 2022
This was the Residence cum Office of the last President of South Vietnam, before it was captured by the N. Vietnamese forces. It is now called the Independence or Reunification Palace. It gives you a glimpse into the turbulent times of Vietnamese History. It is well maintained.
Written 13 November 2022
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David M
Hong Kong, China25 contributions
Oct 2022
So first things first. This place is NOT air conditioned. So good luck. It was interesting on 3 levels. First is the historical significance in Vietnam and US involvement in Vietnam history. Second is the at times way over the top interior design. It is a palace. Third is the 1960s architecture of the building.

If these things are not of interest to you, keep that in mind.

Also the government rents out parts of the building for private events. Some parts may be closed. Sunday was pretty crowded.
Written 7 November 2022
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