The Reunification Palace is the former Presidential Palace of the Republic of Vietnam (South Vietnam), located in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon). Formerly known as the Independence Palace, this grand structure was built on the site of the French built Norodom Palace which was destroyed during a bombing in 1962. Until 1975, this is where South Vietnam’s war effort was run from, and it is the site where North Vietnam’s Army officially won the war by marching right up to the palace, its tanks smashing through the gates in victory.
Today, the palace is a museum, left basically as it was during the surrender in 1975. When I visited Saigon, I took some time to explore the different rooms and floors of the palace, taking lots of photos as I went. Here are some of my photos from the Reunification Palace.
The Reunification Palace costs 30,000 Dong ($1.50) to enter and is open from 7:30-11am and 1-4pm every day.