Reunification Palace Saigon

The Reunification Palace, also known as the Independence Palace, is an important landmark in Saigon and is a worthy place to visit: it’s interesting, it’s well set up for tours, it’s easy to get to and it’s cheap.

The Reunification Palace is steeped in history: A former presidential palace, it was the residence of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War and it was the most important place in the whole country at the end of the war.

In fact, the Vietnam War ended right here at the Reunification Palace in 1975, when a tank from the North Vietnam side crashed straight through its gate and an officer ran upstairs to the balcony to fly the VC flag. Photo journalists captured the moment and broadcast it to the world.

There was a famous exchange of words between the then head of state, General Minh, and the officer, when the latter entered the chamber to claim victory:

General Minh said: “I have been waiting since early this morning to transfer power to you.” The officer replied: “There is no question of you transferring power. You cannot give up what you do not have.”

Visiting the Reunification Palace

How to get to the Reunification Palace

Saigon’s Reunification Palace is located on Street Ð Nam Ky Khoi Nghia close to the centre of town.

Reunification Palace opening times

The Reunification Palace is open for visits every day between 07:30-11:00 and 13:00-16:00. This is a very unusual timetable so make sure you keep it in mind. The palace is closed for visits when it is being used for any official purposes. You can double check by calling: +84 8 3829 4117.

Entrance Price for Reunification Palace

The entrance price is 30,000d per person. This includes entrance to the palace and entitles you to the free guided tour which is available in various languages.

My visit to the Reunification Palace

When I visited the Reunification Palace, after paying the entrance fee (less than US$1 each) we decided to immediately join the free guided tour.

First we were taken around the grounds on a golf buggy and then we were dropped at the entrance to the palace where we were met by an English-speaking guide and were taken on a detailed tour of the whole palace which took over an hour.

The guide gave us information about what the different rooms were used for and about the important role that the palace played in Saigon’s history and the “Fall of Saigon” in 1975. In fact the American army tank that invaded the palace is still on display in the grounds and so is the helicopter.

reunification palace

My top tip:

The views from the ballroom on the top floor of the palace are magnificent. Imagine yourself regally gliding around the ballroom as you listen to the band and see the Vietnamese landscape sweeping past you…

Next stop after Saigon… Mekong Delta

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About the Author: Lisa, born and grew up in England, live in Mallorca, Spain... Have visited more than 20 countries, have twice as many to yet visit, love sharing experiences....

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