Being one of the most important historical spot in Ho Chi Minh city, Reunification Palace is a must-visit attraction for tourists who are looking for historical values in such commercialized city.
Surrounded by royal palm trees, Reunification Palace is a 1960s architecture with iconic history value to Vietnamese people. If you have ever seen a picture of Reunification Palace in history, it would probably be the iconic moment when the North Vietnamese Army’s tank crashed the palace main gate and ended Vietnam war. The palace is actually a time capsule from the 1975 milestone, when the exhausting war ended and reunified the North and the South of Vietnam. Nowadays, the 2 original tanks that crashed Vietnamese way into victory are still parked in front of the palace. Coming to Reunification Palace, tourists from all over the world can see the iconic tanks in reality.
The palace was originally Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh Diem’s base until 1963, when General Ngo passed away. Reunification Palace was also the workplace and residents of the French Governor of Cochin-China. As a royal palace, Reunification Palace is surrounded with lush gardens, antique furniture, a command bunker and secret rooms. While the palace’s basement features tunnels and a telecommunication center, there are also adjoining basement rooms displaying war propaganda arts. The end rooms host played videos that appraise the palace and its history in 5 languages. Going upwards, travelers may discover many functional rooms, each of which serve different purposes, from working places to card playing room and casino. Interestingly, there is also a rooftop terrace designed for heliport landing. The palace is still used to host Vietnamese Government’s important occasions.
Surround Reunification Palace
Coming to such historical place with a local guide will help tourists to learn much more. The place provides foreign tourists with free guided tours in different languages, including English, French, Japanese and Chinese. This is pretty convenient and useful for your tour around the palace.
Inside Reunification Palace
Reunification Palace is located in Ho Chi Minh city center, on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia street, which is quite convenient for travelers who are already staying in Ho Chi Minh city. There are many taxis, Grab drivers and cyclo parking nearby waiting to serve you. Visiting Reunification Palace, tourists will be checked by security due to safety reasons. The place is closed during noon time (from 12PM to 1PM), so you can visit it from 7:30AM to 12PM or 1PM to 4PM, depending on your schedule. However, some official receptions or meetings might be organized at the palace, which will restrict visitors during that time.
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