The Independence Palace
The Independence Palace
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“From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868-1966” explores the century-long history of the building that once served as the seat of the French colonial government in Cochinchina. In 1954, this building was renamed Independence Palace. It subsequently witnessed many dramatic episodes in the rise and decline of the government of Ngo Dinh Diem, the founding leader of the Republic of Vietnam
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  • Joe M
    4 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Pleasantly Surprised
    We did not plan to go here but decided to attend to fill in time. Didn't expect too much but was pleasantly surprised. Entry was cheap. There is nothing to experience except for viewing the rooms and history of the building, which I liked
    Visited March 2023
    Written 14 March 2023
  • Ali07London
    Enfield, United Kingdom456 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting to see this modern building
    The palace is open for all to see. Again very reasonably priced at 40000 Dong. The palace has good views of Saigon as well as interesting rooms to look at. Definitely worth a visit to see it.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 16 March 2023
  • Yann Renaud
    Switzerland811 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Worth visiting
    A place full of history to visit. The building is very nice and you will find explanations near each room. At the end of the tour, you can enter a documentary room, where a film about the building and its links to the history of the country is shown. In a nearby building, an exhibition about the building and Diem can be visited. I would recommend doing it.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 18 March 2023
  • Mlstar
    Fort Lee, New Jersey68 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Architecture and History for fans of Mid Century Modern.
    We rented the audio guide in English. It was very good, helpful, and added to the experience. In addition to walking through the history of the building and how it was used during the war, the building itself is a beautiful time capsule. Not only does the architecture hold up, but it would still have value today in the way it used light, shade, and air. And the furniture was amazing. We spent more time here than we intended based on our interest.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 19 March 2023
  • ULe
    49 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good quick visit
    Came here on the last day in Saigon. Worth the visit to just to see the architecture and to see how big this place was. Be aware there is no air conditioning but the windows are open on both sides where available which allows for a cross breeze.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 27 March 2023
  • Jaroslav Nečas
    Brno, Czech Republic1,415 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting palace
    Big palace close to the War remnants museum. I suggest to visit both during the morning of afternoon. Palace is quite large with unexpected rooms like underground bunker, shooting range, heliport or big garage with German or American vehicles inside or tanks and combat planes outside. Place has a really interesting history connected to Vietnamese conflict.
    Visited November 2022
    Written 28 March 2023
  • wstokes1965
    Sydney, Australia1,073 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must do whilst in town
    Second visit to the Palace (after 7 years) and great to see more areas / rooms opened up (now including the Presidential Suite, Ladies Lounge and bunker). Really loved the retro architecture and furniture. Beautiful open spaces with a lot of history. Make sure you go to the exhibition hall (seperate building that houses a small display of the original building - its worth the few extra dollars). This time spent over 2 hours here.
    Visited March 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 2 April 2023
  • Juri R
    Pori, Finland192 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historical building
    Must c thing in Ho Chi Minh City. Huge building, beautiful yard, lot to see both inside and outside. Very affordable. Lots of space except in the basement, might cause some anxiety to some people.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 4 April 2023
  • S Sewpersad
    Durban, South Africa5,012 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    "Interesting"
    This was an interesting visit showing the seat of Government before Independance and the rooms are well preserved. Our guide was very knowledgeable and explained the different areas. A recommended visit to understand the History of Vietnam in context.
    Visited February 2023
    Written 28 April 2023
  • Shelley M
    Albany, New Zealand785 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Peek at History
    Some good history here, boys enjoyed the tanks outside and the plane, but inside there is a lot of information that you can ready as you go along. It set up to be able to tour around very easily. We did not get a guide or audio tour and dont feel like we missed out. The underground bunker was fascinating and very small in places and was a bit of a maze and really worth exploring. A lovely gift shop there too which I wished Id spent a bit more time in. A leisurely stroll took just over an hour. Lots of stairs too.
    Visited March 2023
    Written 29 April 2023
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DotsGirl2
Vancouver, Canada448 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Friends
Many of us recognize this building from the pictures of the end of the Vietnam war. The picture was of North Vietnamese tanks breaking through the fence. The inside of the building shows how it had been used by the South Vietnamese presidents including their bunker. It was interesting
Written 1 March 2024
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Passport560156
20 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Solo
Enjoyed learned more about the history of this palace. Took about 1.5 hours to visit palace and 1 hour to visit exhibition hall. I used the audio guide and am glad I did so but it’s probably not 100% necessary with signs posted in English in each room. I would skip the exhibition hall next time, but I’m not a big history buff.

Ticket for palace and exhibition hall: 65k vnd
Audio guide for both: 90k vnd
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Open 7:30am-4:30pm
Written 21 February 2024
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GM16
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam13 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
Didn’t expect much but REALLY enjoyed this. Lovely buildings and well worth a wee visit.

Interesting to learn more of the architecture and history.

Only downside was the audio guide numbers didn’t tally with rooms but as it’s new it is maybe just a glitch.

Worth a visit with lovely city views.
Written 15 February 2024
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Harakchand-Gadiya
Chennai (Madras), India353 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We are group tour from india to visit Vietnam the Independence Palce was super visit we spent 3 hour looking around there is a lot to see we had a tour guide and he explain in English to provied commentary for the various palace all about the history of vietnam palce complex is in best conditions very nice palce to visit and learn about Vietnamese's history
Written 25 January 2024
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BrakiWorldTraveler
Belgrade, Serbia17,760 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
From historical point of view this is a very important Palace, however not from the architectural. It's a must for any history buff, and I would rate it the second best attraction in HCMC, just after the War remnants museum.
The present edifice dates back to last century 60's, when it was built under president Dinh Diem orders, by a famous Vietnamese architect in a Socialist style.
It replaced the former French colonial government residence which was built in 1871 in French style and served for that purpose until Geneva peace talks in 1954. After that the old Palace was renamed to Independence Palace becoming the residence of Dinh Diem - first (puppet) President of Saigon.
After his assassination several others took his function until 30 Apr 1975 when North Vietnamese captured the Palace entering with two tanks you can see in the courtyard, forcing the South to surrender and rising the national unification flag on top of the Palace.
You can visit the entire Palace which will take around 1 hour. Rooms are not that opulent one might expect, rather ordinary and official. Don't forget to climb the rooftop where's the escape helicopter, as well the basement bunker.
Written 25 January 2024
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Thea B
Brooklyn, NY122 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
So glad we put this on our list. Spectacular example of amazing architecture. Interesting history. Wonderful way to spend the afternoon.
Written 23 January 2024
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GMH153
Widley, UK433 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Family
The visit is both historic and informative it starts outside with the two tanks that were first through the walls in the Vietnam War and an old American fighter. Then to make your way inside to the rooms where the leadership met and peace treaties were signed

The bedroom spaces are quite stark and the underground tunnels long and quite claustrophobic
Written 22 January 2024
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Lexibelle
Phoenix, AZ1,265 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Couples
Remember it is super hot in Vietnam and this was a big tour. We visited as much as we could. This will take at least two hours or more to see. There’s a lot of history behind this landmark. It’s a huge part of the history of this city. The huge rug, in the foyer, has a lot of significance. The rooms are big and it’s nice to have someone explain everything. Go to the bunker area on bottom floor. Keep in mind it’s all open air with no AC, but otherwise very well maintained. It’s a favorite for young couples to get their wedding photos here. Must go!
Written 21 January 2024
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LaNyonsaise
West Midlands, UK925 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
It’s always interesting to see how the governing classes choose to surround themselves in luxury, even in times of war, and just as interesting to see the styles and tastes of the seventies preserved in a building. The western architecture could not be further from South East Asian tradition, this could have been built in Boston or Berlin. The orientation and elevation makes concession to the climate in that the rooms and corridors catch the breeze.
It was fascinating to see the opulent presidential office, the cabinet room and all the reception rooms. We didn’t get an audio guide so we didn’t know why the dining room had a large and small table. Clearly some hierarchy was at play. On the upper floor the private rooms seemed functional and somewhat sterile in contrast to the official rooms.
We didn’t buy tickets for the exhibits as we were short on time but enjoyed a stroll through the parkland where we were amused to watch young people posing for photographs in all their finery and carrying props such as fans and flowers.
Written 16 January 2024
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Damian W
Perth, Australia162 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Solo
This is a must do when you get to Ho Chi Minh. I spent four hours here, it’s a live history lesson, really enthralling. I did the audio tour which was great, once you are finished at the palace you walk around to the old French building which is equally enthralling.
Written 16 January 2024
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