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“Interesting, but a little confusing for a foreigner.”

The Independence Palace
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Fee: Yes
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: This fascinating government building, significant for its role in the Vietnam conflict, is preserved almost exactly as it was in 1966.
Reviewed 4 April 2018 via mobile

I visited the Palace with a friend of mine while i was on a recent business trip to Vietnam. She rented the headset for me with audio in English and she had a map (i don’t think the one she had was in English) but we had a lot of trouble matching up the audio with the room descriptions because there are no numbers or signs outside the individual rooms or displayed items to let you know which button to push on the audio. We got confused more than once. The audio has TONS of information for each stop in the Palace, so much so that I didn’t listen to most of it. And I’m a big history buff.

All in all, it’s worth it because it tells a story about a time not so long ago of the American War (the Vietnam War to we Americans). There is evidence of the storming of the Palace by the Viet Cong, tanks out front on display, and a war era helicopter on a (third ?) floor roof that you can clearly see from one of the windows on that floor. It’s a beautiful Palace and so full of information that you could probably spend a day there and still not get it all.

Thank Kim28124
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Reviewed 4 April 2018

interesting to see how the government lived opulence and the rest of the country in poverty a constant theme worldwide
but an interesting experience it was very busy with tourists

Thank Phil S
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Reviewed 3 April 2018

Lots of history at the place - especially interesting if you're into architecture or interior design. Recommend getting the audio tour which provides a lot of extra information. Golden Dragon Water Puppet Theater is right behind it.

Thank Calvin N
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Reviewed 2 April 2018 via mobile

Excellent collections of items used by then Vietnam president & his family. Lots communication equip then used by US allience for war. Including escape bunker for president.

Thank Patilashok
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Reviewed 2 April 2018

Formerly used by the South Vietnamese government before unification this is now just a monument to history and a bit bland

Thank Alan B
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