The Independence Palace
The Independence Palace
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8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
“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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  • yvonne
    Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning building.
    A great way to kill an hour or two and learn a little more about this city and country. We didn’t use the audio or a guide and instead read the notice plaques and still learnt a lot. The place is stunning to look at and be in. Beautiful architecture and a capsule of time within each room. We were there early afternoon and it was hot! Maybe an early start would be cooler? We enjoyed wandering around, and think there are lifts if you have trouble with stairs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • CatherineO1970
    United Kingdom444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous 60s era decor
    Fabulous 60s decor and lovely breezy space. Despite its history, this is architecturally amazing. It appears untouched rather than recreated. Highlights include the rooftop nightclub (originally planned as a meditation space) and the bunker. The games room is a particular 60s highlight.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Johnny
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good history at the palace
    Love the place where I can reflect on the Vietnam War. The indoor exhibition is impressive, especially the photo where the tank hit the front gate marking the end of the war. Lots of information inside as well. Recommend for future tourist who wants to know more about the war's events.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji1,138 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Maintained
    From the building facade to interior spaces, palace complex is in great condition. The building itself can be covered within an hour and the souvenir area is located on the roof. Ticket lines didn't have queues even on a public holiday. Toilets are clean. Must do in Siagon
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • victoriag179
    Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    So worth a visit! This 60’s designed palace gives you so much to contemplate with Vietnam’s recent history. Good text panels (a rarity) explain the significance of each room and the basement is especially evocative of the time (take a fan, it’s stuffy!). Expect to spent 1-2hrs here. Also some fine breezes on the top floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • TwoWas
    Indianapolis, Indiana908 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than we thought it would be
    We normally don’t really enjoy visiting old palaces, but this one was different for some reason. We enjoyed the architecture quite a bit. Each room was unique, and our guide did an excellent job describing them.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom327 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable piece of Vietnamese history
    Unmissable if you’re interested in Vietnamese history. You can see how the president lived in shameless luxury. The underground bunkers are fascinating, but are hot, crowded, and unventilated, so be prepared. No one wore a mask and I was convinced we’d catch COVID!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Robyn B
    Greater Sydney, Australia55 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting.
    Certainly interesting. However signage as to how to view the various floors is non existent. There are 3 upper floors and 2 basement floors. The basement consists of bunkers and war rooms - both of which you don’t want to miss - but you could! The Norodom Palace is also on the grounds but signage is again poor - marked “Exhibition”. Worth spending a couple of hours here.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Veronica R
    Mosman, Australia32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic building worth a visit
    Definitely worth a visit to see the grand rooms and the rooms where the General lived. The bunker in the basement is a highlight. I recommend watching the video in full (near the gift shop) a just choose the door in the language you recognise and enter any time as it it on a loop. No need to hire the headset (90,000 Dong) as the wall plaques state the same thing. The headset only gives a bit more info in the bunker area.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
  • Hannah B
    27 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    A must see!
    This was a fantastic visit. We spent a good 2 hours looking around- there is a lot to see. The separate exhibition in the house near the exit was also brilliant and worth a visit. The whole palace has the feel of being left in 1975 (albeit spectacularly) and really adds to the bigger picture of the history of Vietnam. The bunker is a must as well (its a good one!) Whilst it isn't air conditioned, the design does help create a breeze.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 14 November 2023
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Elizabeth R
Manningtree, UK134 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
We dragged our teens around this museum, as we felt it would be a good way for them to see some very recent history. Within our lifetime events and history has been made and it was fascinating to see inside the building and imagine events which have happened so recently in history. The state rooms look like they could have been vacated yesterday and it's rather eerie, but interesting nonetheless. I was most interested by the underground rooms in the bunker where you could imagine important people being evacuated to in the event of a bomb threat. the whole place has good signage and you don't really need the audio guide as its the same information. Its very warm wandering around, so take a bottle of water.
Written 7 January 2020
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laney365
Southampton, England226 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Walked here from the central post office in about 10 minutes. It was 40k dong entry and you could walk round the grounds as well as the palace. Don't expect Buckingham Palace, this is modern and understated. All rooms have explanations on them, we liked looking round the private bedrooms which were quite sparse apart from a huge walk in wardrobe. See the helicopter on the roof and the bunkers. Worth a couple of hours of your time.
Written 21 February 2020
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Devila_C
New York City, NY28 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Solo
Although the palace building’s 60s design may look relatively unimpressive from the outside, the interior architectural design and the well preserved rooms are interesting and worth the 3 USD ticket price. A large majority of the palace is open for visits, including the roof and bunker basement. Many of the rooms in the palace are nicely furnished with the original furnishings from the late 60s/early 70s. It’s a great place to learn a small slice of Vietnamese history and kill a few hours during the middle of the day when it’s hot out under the sun. There are also two nice cafes in the back among lush trees for a break after touring the palace building.
Written 3 March 2020
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Thank you for your highly appreciation. Hope Vietnam and Independence Palace are your first choice during your travelling
Written 9 March 2020
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Dan W
Portland, OR1,930 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
This building was included on our tour of the city and I would recommend it to anyone interested in the Vietnam War and American's involvement in it. The building is of interesting architecture and the grounds quite immense, right in the middle of this dense city. The individual rooms are very informative with important details and photos of what occurred in them.
Written 16 February 2020
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Christine T
55 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020
We didn't know what to expect on this tour of this site. Our guide did a great job describing the different rooms with a sprinkling of historical anecdotes. Architectural design of building and interior design of furnishings have withstood the passage of time. Favorites were the family's upstairs private quarters as well as the basement bunker.
Written 2 January 2020
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swissgirl_7
Gilly, Switzerland213 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
Loved visiting this living museum. It’s so rare to get a glimpse of what life was really like for Presidents in the 70s and the architecture, layout and furniture is so evocative of those past times.

The audio guide is really good and we ended up spending over 2 hours here and in the lovely surrounding park.

Lots of history was made here and there is a real feeling of that which remains.

The bunker area was really fascinating, as were other glimpses behind the scenes of the kitchens and private rooms of the president. The helicopter on the roof is a poignant reminder of the fall of HCM.

A must see in HCM.
Written 16 February 2020
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James B
Melbourne, Australia9 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020 • Friends
The base entry fee (40k) is well worth it just to walk around the palace, which is in great condition. The gardens are also fantastic and make the air very fresh, especially compared to the rest of the city. I wouldn't recommend the extra exhibit though, not worth your time.
Written 5 February 2020
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Williemac32
Thurso, UK45 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2020 • Couples
Lots to see in the many rooms and time locked during the war years. We spent over four hours here and also visited the onsite cafe which ticked all the boxes when it came to food and drinks.
This tour gave you a feel for what it was really like during the Vietnam conflict.
Written 25 January 2020
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brian s
Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam107 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2020
I visited here with some friends who were visiting the other day. It was fantastic! If you are into furniture and room design along with some fascinating history that took place in said rooms, this is worth it! It was much better than I expected. The highlight is the bunker below the palace. Many rooms in the bunker with original electronic equipment circa 1960s, map rooms etc. It's so easy to imagine what it must have looked like with military personnel down there plotting what to do next.. Don't forget to visit the rooftop room with a view of the Huey helicopter stationed up there..
Written 25 February 2020
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jayjl
Seattle, WA50 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
Dec 2019
You are granted entry and then on your own to walk up many flights of stairs that are super crowded with groups of school age children. Very few interp signs or explanations of what you are looking at. Only open/working restrooms are in the basement entered from outside
Written 12 January 2020
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