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The Independence Palace

106 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 80 85094
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This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.
  • Excellent27%
  • Very good45%
  • Average24%
  • Poor3%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
106 Nguyen Du, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 80 85094
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Reviewed yesterday

We would have missed so much if we did not have a great guide who gave us the tour with the history and stories about this significant landmark. We booked a tour with Exo Travel on the advice of our travel agent The Village Travel...More

Thank Chrissy204051
Reviewed yesterday

Interesting to visit after having seen numerous photos and TV shots of it seen live in the 60's & 70's. Site of the focus of the RVN & American Advisers during the conflict. Nicely preserved & displayed memorabilia. War room & bunker was quite interesting....More

Thank David B L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Nice visit with the help of a local guide that shared many interesting Information. Did you know that the famous picture of the helicopter on the rooftop was taken to another building? It's old white one you can see in front of the post office...More

Thank stefano s
Reviewed yesterday

Fairly well preserved since the fall of Saigon in '75, the Palace offers a fascinating insight into the goings on of that time. It closes for lunchtime.. good to check opening times before you go.

Thank tony62665
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I expected this to be more of a museum tour but is is actually a Palace tour. Think white house on a smaller scale. Be sure to get the self guided tour with headphones.

Thank Lance A
Reviewed 2 days ago

We just did the admission -- no audio guide, no tour. I loved wandering this fascinating building. It's an audacious architectural statement, and a wonderful time capsule... I want to shoot a new Bond movie in the game room here and call it Dr. Ngo....More

Thank CookKim
Reviewed 2 days ago

We visited and whilst it was very interesting, we have been to better and more interesting places, such as the Museum in Havana. However, that being said, when in Rome etc. It is well worth a visit, to understand just how life was then and...More

Thank helenfeest
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lovely to see the rooms in the palace. Very ornate decoration with beautiful carpets. A great view down the street too.

Thank 12Pud
Reviewed 2 days ago

The home of the South Vietnamese government allows visitors to see what things looked like at the time but there is precious little detail and some, obvious, favoring of the presentation of history. Not vital that you see it but if you have an hour...More

Thank TravellingJSC
Reviewed 3 days ago

There hasn't been a president of South Vietnam since the end of the war and so this is now a tourist site. It is a grand building with excellent modern architecture. Our guide showed us through the various wings and levels in the building. We...More

Thank Stephen B
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16 February 2017|
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Response from Linda L | Reviewed this property |
The cost of the ticket for the Palace tour is approximately $1-$1.50US
9 February 2017|
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Response from Gillian M | Reviewed this property |
There are certainly elevators inside the building and the building is generally very spacious. The only floor that the elevators don't go to is the rooftop terrace. That's where the bar and small shop are. I'm pretty sure... More
Sivanesan K
20 December 2016|
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Response from Malcolm T | Reviewed this property |
You can buy entrance tickets. The office is to the left of the main gate.