Independence Palace is the top choice within historic buildings to see in Ho Chi Minh City, a unique piece of history to explore and nice place to walk around.
Sky view of Independence Palace
Overview of Independence Palace
The palace owns an area of 120,000m2, surrounded by 4 streets and 2 parks in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. The greenish of the palace attracts tourists to come and observe with unique architecture since the 1960s, and still remains priceless artwork. Independence Palace wrote its own history since 1975 when a North Vietnamese army tank rammed the main gates and entered the palace, hung the flag to its balcony to declare the victory for Vietnamese Communist Party, officially unified the whole country.
Visitors to the Independence Palace are invited to watch a short fifteen-minute film telling the story of Vietnam war and the Palace’s role in this historical event. After that, the Palace tour includes visiting various meeting rooms upstairs and the War Room basement filled with radio equipment, maps and other leftover from the hurried surrenders in 1975. Along the hall, visitors have the chance to enjoy a collection of boat models as well as more exotic decorations including horse ponies and elephant legs.
Do not forget to visit the poker room equipped with a bar, a movie theater and leather sofa which looks like a space in James Bond movie.
On the yard, there stands one of the first tanks that burst into the Palace gates on 30 April 1975 as well as the fighter plane that bombed the Palace toward the end of the war. These are strong historical proofs of the great victory of Vietnam. Today, the Independence Palace is recognized as a national historic site and cultural monument as well as an office under the Office of the Government. The Palace has been well performing its functions of traditional education for the young generation of Vietnam and is the bridge between Vietnam and other countries in the world.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
Opening hours: 7:30 - 11:00 and 13:00 - 16:00