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The Independence Palace

Closed Now: 7:30 a.m. - 11:00 a.m., 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
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This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.
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Suggested duration: 1-2 hours
106 Nguyen Du, District 1 | District 1, Ho Chi Minh City 70000, Vietnam
+84 80 85094
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All reviews war rooms underground bunker worth a visit piece of history vietnam war historical significance south vietnamese recent history guided tour interesting place vietnamese history on display entrance fee couple of hours beautiful building president tanks
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Reviewed today

This palace is on the humble side if compared to european palaces.. It is still a nice place to visit and is worth going to. We enjoyed :-)

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank KingLouisFL
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This was a waste of time. Only furniture on display. And old rotary style phones on tables. Just looks fake. Minimal information displayed. The basement bunker with telecommunications stuff may be interesting to techies but no significant information there either. Highly avoidable. Just look up...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank bigwrldtrvlr
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The thing is, the building itself is not necessarily the nicest palace/political building in the world by far. Nevertheless it carries significant historical importance and if you go with a tour guide you get to learn a lot of interesting facts about it (e.g. how...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank FloopySandlet101
Reviewed 3 days ago

We went there on a Friday. It's not the easiest place to find your way around. There were lots of closed off areas and, rather bizarrely, by about 1115-1130 we had staff (who might have been soldiers from their uniforms) either telling us that some...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank 747idletraveller
Reviewed 4 days ago

Interesting enough to see the various rooms that were left exactly as they were in the 70's. Worth a look but not a highlight of your time in Vietnam

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Virg64
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

We simply bought entrance tickets and walked through the building. To be honest there wasn't much exciting to see. Next time I would probably get a guided tour.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank jakobs241
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Very well laid out, spacious, informative and in the centre of Hanoi, worth a visit if interested in Vietnam history

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank GrahamN354
Reviewed 5 days ago

A jet and 2 tanks that played a role estruction and surrender of the palace are on display. Lavish welcoming rooms for diplomats and statues of Ho Chi Min are on display. Living quarters of the president are open for viewing as well.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank hotelmavin
Reviewed 5 days ago

Excellent but make sure you get a guided tour available there to appreciate the history. Everything left as it was 40+ yrs ago. You can visualise the scene where the tank ran over the gate just like in the movies.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank didulichkhong
Reviewed 5 days ago

Both the Independence Palace and War Remnants Museum offer valuable lessons in the history of war. A definite site visit when in HCMC. Palace is closed from 11:00 AM to 1:00 PM so plan your one to two hour visit to accommodate the lunch closure....More

Date of experience: November 2018
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December 12, 2018|
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Response from yyesiamtrish2 | Reviewed this property |
Yes, you need a ticket.
February 10, 2018|
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Response from 1953drover | Reviewed this property |
I never saw anyone with a backpack on going through the palace,however their is souvenirs shop and tourist information centre at the front gate we’re you can buy your visitors pass, I would be very surprised if they could... More
February 16, 2017|
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Response from Linda L | Reviewed this property |
The cost of the ticket for the Palace tour is approximately $1-$1.50US