Reunification Palace was built during the American Vietnamese War, for the president of South Vietnam. It was not just meant to be a lavish residence for the Vietnamese General Ngo Dinh, but it also served as a bomb shelter. The need for a bomb shelter arose when his own air force bombed his palace. Interesting, Isn’t it? The palace went down to be remembered in history when North Vietnamese Tanks arrived crashing it gates in April 1975. This marked the end of the Vietnamese War and the fall of South Vietnam.
This Presidential house was then renamed to be Reunification Place. This Reunification Palace is like a time capsule that is frozen in 1975. You can see two of the original tanks, that crashed the gates still parked in the grounds of the palace. This palace has lush gardens, secret rooms, antique furniture, and more. This palace is still in use and it hosts important occasions in Ho Chi Minh, including summits. Curious to know more about the attraction? Read on. . .
Reunification Palace has five levels. The basement of the palace houses tunnels, a war room and telecommunications centre. The war command room has maps on its walls. Period telecommunications equipment is also kept on the display. The adjoining basement rooms display materials of war propaganda. On the third floor of this place, there is a card-playing room and in the fourth, there is a casino. A heliport is fitted on the rooftop terrace of the Reunification Palace.
The Reunification Palace is located on Man ky Knoi Nghia Street, close to the Ben Thanh Market. It is open between 07:30 am – 11:00 am and 1:00 pm – 4:00 pm. The tickets are sold at the main gate that is located on the east side of the palace gardens. Simply buy a ticket from the ticket counter and make your way to the palace. The securities will check your bags for safety reasons and will allow you to enter the palace.
Special Note: Free guided tours to the palace are available in different languages such as English, French, Japanese and Chinese.
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City
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