Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, the Vietnam’s largest city today has made its name for s living edition of Vietnam’s history packed with both glories and sufferings. Experience a long time of history, Reunification Palace still exists through many generations to become the iconic symbol of Vietnam in the past.
It takes you around five minutes to stroll to the north from Ho Chi Minh City Museum to Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. Currently located in 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, first impression that tourists made about Reunification Palace is the image of a whitewashed concrete building with a red flag proudly billows above. Also known as Independence Palace, it is the historical witness of Vietnam’s heroic past fighting against the French and American colonists.
Constructed under the architect Ngo Viet Thu’s design, the Reunification Palace signified the global history in 1975 when a tank owned by the North Vietnamese Army crashed into its main gate. At the contemporary time, Reunification Palace is truly the landmark of Ho Chi Minh City and a perfect and ideal place for those who are interested in exploring Vietnam’s history.
Reunification Palace history
Experience a long history, The Reunification Palace witness the fall of Saigon as well as the Vietnamese War’s ending with an event in 1975 in which a Vietnamese Air Force pilot – a communist spy flew an aircraft over the palace with the purpose of bombing the palace.
The palace closely associated with the event happening on 30th April 1975 in which a North Vietnamese Army Tank crashed the main gate to make its way into the palace and hang the flag to declare the victory.
Reunification Palace highlights
The palace is a perfect combination of traditional patterns and modern architecture, so visitors to Reunification Palace would be overwhelmed by a five-storey structure, being the home to a warren of tunnels, center of telecommunication and a war room. First and foremost, head to the war basement rooms where you will have a chance to have a closer look at outstanding war propaganda materials. Then stop at the third floor of the building to visit a card playing room, whereas the third floor is where a rooftop terrace placed with a heliport.
Your trip to explore the palace would be much more enjoyable if you take time to admire the F5E fighter plane, which are various reminders of historic war.
The opening hours are from 7:30 am to 12:00 and from 1:00 pm to 4:00 pm. Visitors can buy the tickets at the main gate. Being very close to the Ben Thanh Market, the palace is easy to reach which is located on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street and its main gate is situated on the east side of the palace gardens.