Reunification Palace

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135 Nam Kỳ Khởi Nghĩa, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

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adrianaaaron adrianaa…
51 reviews
Interesting place of visit Mar 10, 2013
The locals call it "Vietnam's White House". I had a good visit. I was accompanied by a Vietnamese friend. He showed me around and explained to me about the history behind the building's existence. I was really impressed. There are a lot to see here; from the president's command room to the building's ballroom! There is a helicopter outside the building and a dance hall where people used to dance and enjoy themselves. I also explored its basement and saw some old radios as well as old telephones. Entrance fee is VND30,000 per person
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Main entrance
They call it Vietnam's White House
An old helicopter
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adrianaaaron says:
Thank you! :)
Posted on: Mar 13, 2013
bigmac993 says:
Good Review!
Posted on: Mar 13, 2013
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gregorian gregorian
2 reviews
ho chi minh reunification palace Apr 19, 2011
It's an old building for previous south vietnam president. nothing very impressive at first once entered. we almost gave up to visit the 3rd level. but once reach the top level, there is a nice view. and on the way down, we passed through the basement of the building, which is the most fascinating part of the palace. It's like back to cold war operation site. alot of retro stuff. It's special.
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chrysie chrysie
3 reviews
Nice place Apr 10, 2011
such a nice place for tourists to get to know more about HCMC history, but as the building is damn huge with just only a few signs around, tourists can't really understand much
sarahelaine sarahela…
648 reviews
Reunificaton Palace Sep 14, 2009
the reunification palace is well worth a trip. It was very affordable, at about a dollar entrance.

The reunification palace was the former palace of the South Vietnamese government and president during the war. We were lucky eough to arrive just in time to be shown around by a free guide, who spoke absolutely excellent English, which meant that we heard a lot more about that than we would have learned on our own; it was well worth doing.

IN particular, I had seen old documentary footage of the palace falling in the war, but knew very little of the Vietnamese side of the story or about what happened next. Being able to stand in the palace and learn a bit about the other perspective was fascinating.

Another striking feature is the architecture and decor. Made to resemble bamboo at the front, it has been preserved as a piece of 1960s modernism almost intact. As many places have worked hard to hide their 1960s architecture, the only other place I have seen decor quite like the casino is in Thunderbirds. ALthough that might seem like a bit of a back handed compliment, it is an interesting era of design and very well preserved. Of course, there are a lot of differences between the little 1960s stuff I had seen and this, because we were in Vietnam. There was a lot of exquisite lacquer work, for example. The tour guide told us all about the symbolism of some of the paintings and why some rooms were green (to encourage peaceful discusion) and others yellow (for happiness).

The palace is still apparently occasionally used for state functions when a head of state comes to HCMC rather than to Hanoi, and given how impressive it is, I can see why.

The guide gave us plenty of time to look around at things and was humerous. It was nice to be able to talk to her between rooms.

I would definately recommend a visit.
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Lacquer work
blondofborg blondofb…
6 reviews
The bland gives way to the intriguing soon enough... Apr 03, 2008
Very interesting look at what, to a western tourist at least, is the flipside of the Vietnam conflict and re-unification. Be sure to book a guide (either human or audio) if you are interested in the outer sections of the Hall, otherwise you may find yourself wandering somewhat aimlessly through the corridors looking at a variety of 60's decor in a vaguely historical context.

Further inside however, intrigue seizes the journey. Historical notes and leftovers of the occupation (be they authentic or replicas) bring the underbelly of the building to an eerie life of its own. This makes the Hall an essential part of any HCMC visit.

Oh, and if you're lucky, you'll arrive the same day as a touring school group. One of the most endearing experiences you can have here is a busload (or several) of Vietnamese schoolchildren eager to test their English. When greeted with a chorus of 'Hello's, feel free to respond in kind and bask in the celebrity for just a moment.

It was only one morning, but it's this mix of experiences in the one place that made our trip here so worthwhile.
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