Best option for exploring a historical place in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
To have an independent statement like nowadays, our Vietnamese people have fought very much. They suffered many wars, they sacrificed themselves and even leave their families behind to become warriors, defend enemies and The Independence Palace is the long-standing isolated witness, prove our warrior’s merits. Let’s read our article to be more comprehensive about this historical witness with Housing Saigon.
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History of Independence Palace
Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace, is considered not only the symbol of Vietnam national independence, but also a special national relic for its architectural and historical values. This government building has a long history that extends to the French occupation in the 19th century.
During the Vietnam War, it served as home and command center of General Nguyen Van Thieu, the head of a military junta who came to power after the first President of South Vietnam was assassinated in 1963. After being demolished by bombs in 1962, it was replaced by a new building and existed to then.
Situation of Independence Palace
The Independence Palace occupies a large, green plot in District 1 of Central Saigon. The only entrance for tourists is through the main gate on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia located on the eastern side of the palace grounds.
From the tourist district of Pham Ngu Lao and Bui Vien, walk east past the large Ben Thanh Market, then turn left and walk north on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia. The Palace opened daily: from 08:00 to 11:00 and 13:00 and 16:00. Visitors can buy ticket at the main gate, located on the east side of the palace gardens.
The architecture of Independence Palace
It is the fact that The Independence Palace was entirely built by Vietnamese people makes everyone exclaim. Designed by Ngo Viet Thu – a celebrated Vietnamese architect, the palace will make your eyebrows raised by its imposing architecture, which features a harmonious combination of Western and Eastern styles. Today, it functions as a museum.
Although the building has gone through a lot of renovation since its construction, the working office and living chambers of presidents remain unchanged. Particularly, the Palace still retains numerous valuable artworks. The banquet room keeps an oil painting depicting the landscape of Vietnam country, contribute to turn the palace into much more attractive site to tourists thanks to historical elements.
About terms on visitng Independence Palace
All visitors must pass through security and have bags screened. Dangerous objects such as pocketnives are not permitted. Small backpacks are allowed inside, however larger luggage must be left at security.
Here are some basic information to enrich your knowledge about Independent Palace. Hope you will abide the rules and have respectful attitude when you come and visit this solemn situation.