Ho Chi Minh City on foot – Part 3 :Reunification Palace

The Vietnam War closes its chapter when North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the main gate of this palace capturing the city of Saigon and since then this palace was renamed the Reunification Palace (previously known as Independence Palace). Today this palace is open to public viewing as a historic icon of Saigon. Two tanks one each made in Russia and China can still be seen in the compound for historic reason. That faithful morning of April 30, 1975 was indeed historic as this palace hosts visitor all over the world.

Behind iron curtain no more as Vietnam being liberated.

Completed in 1967, General Nguyen Van Thieu moved in to become the second president of the South Vietnam and named this building the Independence Palace. This was after the first president being assassinated in 1963, whom had commissioned to build this building before his death; after demolishing the original structure. On the same site, once stood the French colonial HQ that was bomb, narrowly hitting the first president.

Two of the tanks that have crashed through the gate on April 30, 1975
Today, the palace stands tall as a must visit place in HCMC. Its surrounding of lush green welcomes you as you walk in through a check point after paying a nominal entry fee.
View from the third floor overlooking the front garden.
The exterior of the building, designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu symbolises curtains of bamboo, widely available in the country.
Can you spot the bamboo?

The palace is made up of four floors, with a helipad on its roof. This helipad has helped in the evacuation effort just before the palace was invaded. The following are some of the views inside the palace.

Painting of the First Lady.

Boulevard leadng to the palace.
A Vietnam War Veteran?
Me speaking at the Revolution Convention of Vietnam?
Two loyal comrades.
Stars of my life.
Visitors from Malaysia. This palace is an eye opener.
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