Independence PalaceAlso known as the Reunification Palace, this Vietnamese landmark was constructed on the site of an old French-colonial governor’s residence. It has a remarkably varied past; it housed Japanese officials during World War II and was later the home of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. The imposing, broad, angular building played a seminal role in Vietnamese history: It was here on April 30, 1975, in an episode that came to be known as the Fall of Saigon, that a North Vietnamese army tank smashed through the gates, symbolically ending the Vietnam War. A tour of the palace is a step back decades in time—you'll encounter grand, formal rooms used as banquet halls, reception rooms, and government offices. You can also navigate through basement tunnels and former bunkers.
The Reunification Tree
Reunification with butterfly
The square in front of it is in luxurious Parisian style.
This 1960s-era structure is famous for its role in the Vietnam War: It was here, on April 30, 1975, that a tank belonging to the North Vietnamese Army crashed through the main gate, signifying the end of the war. Since then, it’s almost as though the place has been frozen in time, with a war room and telecommunications center in the basement, a heliport on the roof and the tank that led the final assault through the palace gate on display. Wander the deserted rooms and corridors and soak up the rather eerie ambiance. The building is also referred to as the Independence Palace.