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We arrived in Saigon aka Ho Chi Minh City after 7 hours on a sleeper train coming from Nha Trang. As we wandered around Saigon, we found the Independence palace which also is known as Reunification Palace.

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Exploring The Independence Palace

It was the home of the South Vietnamese president’s home and office during the Vietnam War. On 8 April 1975, a pilot of the Vietnam Air Force and an undetected communist spy took an F-5E aircraft to bomb the palace but caused no significant damage.

Independence Palace in Saigon
Independence Palace in Saigon

30 April 1975, a North Vietnamese tank came crashing through the gates, signaling their victory. This makes it a very important landmark because of its role in the Fall of Saigon.

Radio room in basement
Radio room in basement

The Independence palace basement was more or less a bunker. It had Communications and radio equipment scattered about, along with maps of the war’s progress and meeting rooms.

With the top floors for the president’s family’s living area.

Games room in independence palace
Games room in independence Palace
Cinema Room in The Independence Palace
Cinema Room in The Independence Palace

The middle floors are staterooms, designed to impress visiting dignitaries and government officials with their show of style and Elegant.

Large conference and dining tables dominate meeting rooms decorated in a stylish mix of traditional and modern.

Independence Palace floor in hcmc saigon
Independence Palace roof where the red marking indicates the spot that was bombed
Independence Palace Ministers Cabinet Room
Independence Palace Ministers Cabinet Room
Replica of the Tank of the North Vietnamese Army bulldozed through the main gate, ending the Vietnam War.
Replica of the Tank of the North Vietnamese Army bulldozed through the main gate, ending the Vietnam War.
View from balcony Independence Palace
View from balcony at the Independence Palace
War room bunker independence Palace
War Room Bunker in the Independence Palace

Wrapping Up

And that’s it for now! I’d love to know if this guide on visiting Saigon in Vietnam has helped you. Let me know if you have any questions and let me know if there are any more places to visit in Vietnam.

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