If you have a chance to travel to Ho Chi Minh City, you shouldn’t forget to visit the Independence Palace. This place preserves the proud milestones of the Vietnamese people in the fierce war. As a famous historical site, Independence Palace attracts a lot of tourists to visit and learn about Vietnam’s history. 

  1. Where is Independence Palace?

The relic site is located at 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, Ben Thanh Ward, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, classified as a special national monument. This place has witnessed many historical events, ups and downs of the country, especially the event of Liberation of the South to reunify the country on April 30, 1975.

The Palace, a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, covers 120,000 square meters (300 meters x 400 meters). It is adjacent to four major streets: Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street to the northeast, Huyen Tran Cong Chua Street to the southwest, Nguyen Thi Minh Khai Street to the northwest, Nguyen Du Street to the southeast.

It is also adjacent to 30-4 Park at the front and to Tao Dan Cultural Park at the rear. The Palace campus has many ancient trees, many of which date back to the French period. For those who appreciate art and architecture, this palace is one of the most appealing attractions in Ho Chi Minh City. 

  1. History of Independence Palace Vietnam

The Independence Palace was built during the French colonial period. After the French conquered six provinces in South Vietnam (Cochinchine), they built Norodom Palace in 1868 as a residence for the Governor-General, which took three years to complete. The French Governor of Cochinchine used the palace from 1871 to 1887, known as the Governor’s Palace. During the Indochina invasion, all Governors-General of French Indochina used the palace as their residence and working place from 1887 to 1945.

In 1962, a bombing caused the gate of the Independence Palace to completely collapse. Because it could not be restored, Ngo Dinh Diem decided to level it and rebuild the mansion right on the old ground.

The new palace is 26m high, located in a 12ha campus, with an area of ​​about 4500m2. In which, the usable area is up to 20000m2 with 3 main floors, 2 mezzanines, ground floor, 2 basements, 1 terrace used to park helicopters. The whole Palace has more than 100 rooms decorated in different styles to suit each purpose.

  1. Inside Independence Palace 

The palace was built on a 12-hectare plot of land and includes a large mansion of 80-meter width. The palace is well-known not only for its historical significance but also for its unique architecture. It is a harmonious blend of modern Western and classical Eastern styles.

The fixed area

The fixed area is the working place, the living place of the old government. The rooms in the Independence Palace such as: room, ceremony, banquet, cabinet, security council, office of the president and government officials … In addition, there are bedrooms, living areas, entertainment areas…

Thematic area

This is the exhibition area for thematic and major exhibitions. Visitors will be able to look at the vivid photographs of the previous period. Under the guidance and presentations of tour guides, you can also learn more historical details hidden deep inside.

Additional area

The additional area displays and preserves a lot of precious historical photos. They are carefully collected and preserved to help future generations understand a part of history.

Besides the main areas, visitors can also visit the basement of the Independence Palace or walk outside the campus, where there are green lawns. From here, visitors can also look at the mansion from all angles, discover the architecture of the Independence Palace.

Opening time of Independence Palace

The Independence Palace is open to sell tickets for visitors to visit all days of the week (except for special cases). Specific visiting hours are as follows: 8:00am – 4:30pm.

The ticket counter will be open from 8:00 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. daily. Therefore, you need to pay attention to the time to buy tickets.

How much for the ticket?

● Tickets to visit the monuments

  • Adults: 40,000 VND/person.
  • Student: 20,000 VND/person.
  • Children: 10,000 VND/person.

● Tickets to visit the exhibition area “from Norodom Palace to Independence Palace”

  • Adults: 40,000 VND/person.
  • Student: 40,000 VND/person.
  • Children: 10,000 VND/person

● Combo tickets to visit monuments and exhibition areas

  • Adults: 65,000 VND/person.
  • Student: 45,000 VND/person.
  • Children: 15,000 VND/person.

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