Reunification Palace Description:
The Reunification Palace (Independence Palace) housed the Presidents of South Vietnam before a tank smashed through the front gate in 1975 drawing the Vietnam War to a close.
The original structure that stood on the grounds was a French colonial building erected in 1873 to house French Governors of Cochinchina (the area that is today called Southern Vietnam).
In 1962, two Vietnam Air Force pilots rebelled and bombed the colonial structure in an attempt to kill the incredibly unpopular President of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, who had taken power after a fraudulent election. Diem survived the attempt on his life, and ordered the modern structure that stands on the grounds today to be built, but he was assassinated in a military coup before its completion in 1966.
The modern structure has been left largely the same as it was the day a North Vietnamese tank crashed through the front gates and ended the Vietnam War. Its early 1970s interior motifs are still as loud and vibrant as they were before the war, but the most intriguing part of the building is the network of tunnels beneath that lead to the communications center and war room.
Best Time to Visit Reunification Palace:
The best sightseeing weather in Ho Chi Minh City is between December and April during the dry season. The wet season starts in May and runs through November with higher temperatures that are usually quenched by afternoon showers.
How to get to Reunification Palace:
The Reunification Palace is centrally located in Ho Chi Minh City’s former French colonial area called District 1. Guests on luxury tours of Myanmar can reach the former presidential palace in a private vehicle along with their guide and chauffeur.
Reunification Palace Highlights:
The Reunification Palace has been the sight of some of the most pivotal moments in Vietnamese history. Its intriguing architecture and throwback interiors should not be missed.
Appropriate Attire :
Western-style clothing options are acceptable to wear to the Reunification Palace.