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
Paradise Saigon Boutique Hotel

Add: 288 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 5555

The Sun Hotel

Add: 19-21 Nguyen Huu Cau St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3820 0909

Ecentral Hotel

Add: 216 De Tham St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3838 5665

An Binh Tinh Hoa Hotel

Add: 175/8 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3838 0207

Meraki Hotel

Add: 178 Bui Vien St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3838 5337

Thai Thien 2 Hotel

Add: 142 Bui Thi Xuan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3835 6567

Dragon Palace 3 Hotel

Add: 252 De Tham St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3836 5197

A&EM 39 Thu Khoa Huan Hotel

Add: 39A-39-41 Thu Khoa Huan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 9292 / 3823 3449

Hoang Phuong Hotel

Add: 156 Le Thanh Ton St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 2063

Hoa Long Hotel

Add: 160 Bis Bui Thi Xuan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 6291 1138

Sai Gon Hotel

Add: 41- 47 Dong Du St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 9734 / 3823 0232

Bong Sen Annex Hotel

Add: 61-63 Hai Ba Trung St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 5818

Anh Minh Hotel

Add: 21 Thai Van Lung St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3822 0111

An Tam Hotel

Add: 22 Nguyen An Ninh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 5053

Minh Vy Hotel

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

Tel: (84-28) 3821 6030

Freedom Hotel

Add: 267-269 Pham Ngu Lao St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) freedom_hotel_hcm@yahoo.com

Star Hotel

Add: 36 Mac Dinh Chi St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3521 0105

Hong Han Hotel

Add: 238 Bui Vien St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3836 1927

Hoang Gia Hotel

Add: 12D Cach Mang Thang Tam St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 3799

Hong Loan Hotel

Add: 22 Nguyen Van Thu St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3911 0002

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