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The Independence Palace

Closed Now: 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
Open today: 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.
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Hours Today: 7:30 AM - 11:00 AM, 1:00 PM - 4:00 PM
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
106 Nguyen Du, District 1 | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 80 85094
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All reviews war rooms underground bunker worth a visit historical significance vietnam war south vietnamese recent history piece of history guided tour interesting place vietnamese history on display entrance fee couple of hours beautiful building president tanks
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Reviewed yesterday

Long queues to get in but once you have negotiated the crowds there are lots of interesting rooms to wander around. There is a helicopter parked on top. The bedrooms are in a time warp and the meeting rooms have a lot of historical significance....More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ilovetotravel21
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

The Vietnamese are proud of this building; westerners may be less impressed although there are some attractive features inside and out, but nothing to get too excited about. (The bunker may be of interest to radio buffs).

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank vpexplores1
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

An interesting visit to a significant site in Ho Chi Minh. Some nice views from the balconies and a pleasant walk in the grounds.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Kelliot202
Reviewed 4 days ago

The former Presidential Palace is an excellent venture into the past, into the era of the American Vietnam War. This is the place where a North Vietnamese tank burst through the iron gates on to the grounds, signifying that they had won the war. The...More

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank CorvallisCowboy
Reviewed 5 days ago

Very interesting tour of the Reunification Palace, during City Tour. So much to see, and War history very interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank 720chrisj
Reviewed 6 days ago via mobile

Was kinda disappointed by my visit to the Independence palace. Its more of display of rooms, furniture, sofas, dining tables and mind you , I am not kidding you. Less of History, Better off visiting the War Remnants Museum instead.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank MerylColaco
Reviewed 1 week ago

You get a chance to see how facilities and communications were set up in the past. It looks like it has been refurbished but still worth a visit to the historical site where major decisions were made during the war.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Dilip P
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

One hour designated time to watch the 5 floors of this Palacial Buiilding. Good with the guide. All conducted tours in Cambodia and Vietnam are well organised, complete and reasonably priced.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank BabuY
Reviewed 1 week ago

Visited during recent tour of Vietnam. Well laid out with lots of nicely preserved rooms. Interestingly they are all oblong with little character in their design but the contents are interesting.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank dab998
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

There are not many original '70's style builngs left in exactly the way they were back in those days let alone one with the history this place has To see where Kissinger met the president to try and persuade his to accept the peace deal...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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13 December 2018|
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Response from yyesiamtrish2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you need a ticket.
10 February 2018|
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Response from 1953drover | Reviewed this property |
I never saw anyone with a backpack on going through the palace,however their is souvenirs shop and tourist information centre at the front gate we’re you can buy your visitors pass, I would be very surprised if they could... More
16 February 2017|
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Response from Linda L | Reviewed this property |
The cost of the ticket for the Palace tour is approximately $1-$1.50US