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
Nam De Hotel

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

Tel: (84-28) 3925 2541

Rang Dong Hotel

Add: 81-83 Cach Mang Thang Tam St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3839 8264

Asian Ruby Center Point Hotel

Add: 46-48 Mac Thi Buoi St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 4179

Sedona Suites Apartment

Add: 65 Le Loi Blvd., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3822 9666

Freedom Hotel

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

Tel: (84-28) 3836 7345/ 3837 1191

Kim Hai Hotel

Add: 17 Do Quang Dau St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3920 3651

Majestic Saigon Hotel

Add: 1 Dong Khoi St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 5517/ 3829 5514

Lavender Boutique Hotel

Add: 200-204 Ly Tu Trong St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 6299 2727/ 6291 7968

Alagon Central Hotel

Add: 52B-62-64 Pham Hong Thai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 9005

Koi Boutique Riverside Hotel

Add: 14 Nguyen Thai Hoc St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 6256 4564

Hoang Phu Gia Hotel

Add: 19C Bui Thi Xuan St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 2555/ 3925 9342

Vy Vy Hotel

Add: 163 Nguyen Thai Binh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3825 1333

Thanh Long Tan Hotel

Add: 23 Truong Dinh St., Dist. 1

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

Pastel Inn Saigon

Add: 99 Pasteur St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3822 8222/ 3823 2566

Aston Hotel

Add: 27-29 Bui Vien St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3838 9898

Hotel Nikko Saigon

Add: 235 Nguyen Van Cu St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3925 7777

Little Saigon Corner Hotel

Add: 28 Truong Dinh St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3823 7713

Kim Ngoc Hotel

Add: 154-154A Tran Quang Khai St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3848 3044

Rex Hotel

Add: 141 Nguyen Hue Blv., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3829 2185/ 3829 3115

Blue Diamond Signature Hotel

Add: 11 Thai Van Lung St., Dist. 1

Tel: (84-28) 3827 1278

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