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
Ma Dam Cuc 184 Hotel

Add: 184 Cong Quynh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3836 1679

Empress Hotel (HCM)

Add: 136 Bui Thi Xuan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3832 2888

Sai Gon Odyssey Hotel

Add: 38 Bui Vien St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3836 4897

TTC Hotel

Add: 20-22-24 Dong Du, Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 7672

Hoang Phuong Hotel

Add: 229 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 6699

Nam De Hotel

Add: 10-12 Nguyen Trai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 2541

Thang Loi Hotel

Add: 283/43 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3838 8856

Holiday Hotel

Add: 270 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3825 8407

Minh Vy Hotel

Add: 75 Le Thi Hong Gam St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3821 6030

Asian Ruby Park View Hotel

Add: 98R, 100 Le Lai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 1555/ 3925 1666

Giant Dragon Hotel

Add: 173 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3836 9268

Ruby Star Hotel

Add: 139H Nguyen Trai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 6498

Xuan Nguyen Hotel

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

Tel: (84-28) 3822 4836

Asian Ruby Central Hotel

Add: 277 Le Thanh Ton, Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 7949

Thanh Long Tan Hotel

Add: 23 Truong Dinh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3824 8770/ 3824 8769

Mot Nam Mot Hotel

Add: 151 Calmette St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3914 4951

My Ti 2 Hotel

Add: 1C2-1C3 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3910 4645

A25 Hotel

Add: 307-309 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 2307

Phong Dan Hotel

Add: 153 De Tham St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3920 1167

Xuan Vinh Hotel

Add: 40-42 Thach Thi Thanh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3820 0519

WHERE TO EAT
Thai Village

Add: 38 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3825 6704

Non La Restaurant

Add: 19 Nguyen Dinh Chieu St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3910 4012

Cung Dinh Rex Restaurant

Add: 146 Pasteur St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 2185

Song Ngu Restaurant

Add: 70 Suong Nguyet Anh St., Dist. 1

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

Add: 80 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1

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

Thanh Nien Restaurant

Add: 35 Hai Ba Trung St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3822 5909

Yeebo Restaurant

Add: 1 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 0368

The Sushi Bar

Add: 2 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 8042

Ashoka Restaurant

Add: 17/10 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 1372

Malee Thai Restaurant

Add: 37 Dong Du St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 3029

Amigo Restaurant

Add: 55 - 57 Nguyen Hue St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 0437

Gerten Stadt Restaurant

Add: 34 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1

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