The Independence Palace (Dinh Doc Lap)

Location: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
Characteristic: This is the place marking the complete victory of anti-American resistance war, libration of the South and national reunification.

History of Foundation

Originally called Norodom Palace and Palace of Indochina Governor General, the Independence Palace was built in 1868 and inaugurated in 1871.

 

After 1954, Ngo Dinh Diem, South Viet Nam’s Presdent, and his family lived and worked in the Norodom Palace. He decided to renamed it the Independence Palace. In 1962, this palace was heavily destroyed by bombs. President Diem commanded the remains to be destroyed and to rebuild the palace It was designed by Western-trained architect Ngo Viet Thu. The construction was undertaken by Sai Gon engineers and was completed in 1966.

 

 

Architecture

The new palace was built on an area of 120,000m² with a surface area of 4,500m². It included a basement, 3 main floors, 2 mezzanines, one terrace, and one upper floor. There are a total of 95 rooms in the palace, each decorated according to its function. The palace also features two exhibition rooms, a 33-room guest house, and numerous entertainment services such as tennis courts and octagonal house.

 

On 30 April 1975, the tanks of the liberation army entered The Independence Palace, and the Sai Gon government, including 45 members and President Duong Van Minh, surrendered without condition.

 

After the liberation, The Independence Palace became headquarters of the city's military administration committee. The political consultation for national unification was held in this palace. Nowadays, The Independence Palace has become a historic, cultural relic attracting domestic as well as international visitors.

 

The Independence Palace has been recognized as Special National Relic since 2009.

 

Opening time: 7.30am - 11.00am and 1.00pm - 4.00pm daily.

Fare: VND 40,000/person.

 

 

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WHERE TO STAY
Hong Vina HBT Hotel

Add: 40-42 Hai Ba Trung St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 2153

Ngoc Trinh Hotel

Add: 120/6 Tran Dinh Xu St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3920 1732

Tuong Vu Global Hotel

Add: 40-42 Bui Thi Xuan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 9271

Hoang Dung Hotel

Add: 86 Nguyen Trai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 6275

Alagon Western Hotel & Spa

Add: 28-30 Nguyen An Ninh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 2999

Uyen My Hotel

Add: 28-30 Tran Dinh Xu St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3836 8656

Hoan Thai Hotel

Add: 82 Ton That Tung St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 6825

Pavilion Hotel

Add: 43 Le Anh Xuan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3825 0495

Ky Uyen Hotel

Add: 28 Nguyen Van Ty St., Cu Chi Dist.

Tel: (84-28) 2218 5666

Silverland Central Hotel

Add: 14 - 16 Le Lai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 2738/ 3827 2740 

Somerset Chancellor Court Ho Chi Minh City

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Tel: (84-28) 3822 9197

Quang Trung Hotel

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Tel: (84-28) 6256 9960

Nouveou Happy Inn

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Regal Hotel

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Tel: (84-28) 3821 7844

Aquari Hotel

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Tel: (84-28) 3829 2828

Truong Thinh Hotel

Add: 224 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3824 5830

Norfolk Hotel

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Tel: (84-28) 3829 5368

Hanh Hoa Hotel

Add: 237 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3837 2361

Da Kao Hotel

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Tel: (84-28) 3822 0720

Signature Saigon Hotel

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Tel: (84-28) 3914 1199

WHERE TO EAT
Thai Village

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Tel: (84-28) 3825 6704

Non La Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3910 4012

Cung Dinh Rex Restaurant

Add: 146 Pasteur St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 2185

Song Ngu Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3832 5017

Quan An Ngon Restaurant

Add: 138 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3825 7179

Kinh Bac Restaurant

Add: 30 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 1364

Liberty Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3824 8249/ 3829 9820

Thanh Nien Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3822 5909

Yeebo Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3823 0368

The Sushi Bar

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Tel: (84-28) 3823 8042

Ashoka Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3823 1372

Malee Thai Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3829 3029

Amigo Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3829 0437

Gerten Stadt Restaurant

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Tel: (84-28) 3822 3623

La Taverne Restaurant

Add: 76 Suong Nguyet Anh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 2616

Good morning Vietnam Restaurant

Add: 197 De Tham St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3837 1894

La Camargue Restaurant

Add: 191 Hai Ba Trung St., Dist. 3

Tel: (84-28) 3520 4888

Sama Restaurant

Add: 35 Dong Du St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3822 4814

Château Restaurant

Add: 160B Tran Hung Dao St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3920 0079

Bo De Nguyen Thuy Restaurant (Bohi Tree)

Add: 175/16 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist.1

Tel: (84-28) 3837 1910