It was yet another day in Saigon, and we actually requested to visit another landmark in Saigon, the Reunification Palace. I won’t tell much about the history as I am more interested in showing you the interior of the palace.
Reunification Palace (Vietnamese: Dinh Thống Nhất) formerly known as Independence Palace (Dinh Độc Lập), built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
We started off from the main compound and from there, it looks grand.
The guide then ushered us to the main entrance, and immediately we were brought to the main conference/discussion room.
I love the high ceiling. It makes the room classy and big.
I guess the above is dining hall for the VIPs. I think back to the olden days, the dining hall must be far more decorated than it is now.
This is actually the control room judging from the huge map and the array of telephones.
The president’s office, the place where the president hangs out the most. 🙂
This is actually another room next to the president’s office.
Don’t you just love the elegant furniture?
Tea room perhaps?
The palace is actually four stories high. The first two floors are for meeting and dining and they are usually for the VIPs. The next two floors are the actual working area for the president.
Those drawings are actually gifts from VIPs.
Private dining hall maybe?
There is a piano at the end of the hallway. This floor is mainly entertainment floor and it consists of mini theater and recreation hall.
This is the view from fourth floor. Pretty grand, right?
Mini theater, anyone?
Recreation hall for the president.
Helipad on rooftop.
There is a secret office located at the basement. I didn’t manage to take any photo as I was sandwiched between a bunch of rowdy students who ran along the narrow passageway. Overall, it is an interesting palace filled with many historical moments that is located right in the middle of Saigon.
Reunification Palace (Dinh Thống Nhất)
106 Nguyễn Du, Quận 1, Thành Phố Hồ Chí Minh