The Independence Palace
The Independence Palace
4
Historic SitesArchitectural BuildingsGovernment Buildings
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 4:00 PM
About
“From Norodom Palace to Independence Palace 1868-1966” explores the century-long history of the building that once served as the seat of the French colonial government in Cochinchina. In 1954, this building was renamed Independence Palace. It subsequently witnessed many dramatic episodes in the rise and decline of the government of Ngo Dinh Diem, the founding leader of the Republic of Vietnam
Duration: < 1 hour
Suggest edits to improve what we show.
Improve this listing
Tours & experiences
Explore different ways to experience this place.
What is Travellers’ Choice?
Tripadvisor gives a Travellers’ Choice award to accommodations, attractions and restaurants that consistently earn great reviews from travellers and are ranked within the top 10% of properties on Tripadvisor.
Plan your visit
The area
Address
Reach out directly
See what travellers are saying
  • cristoph2010
    1,348 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Interesting piece of Vietnamese history
    The Independence Palace is an interesting piece of Vietnamese history. It's well-preserved and laid out. Imagine the events that had gone through the building and the people who stayed/visited the palace. A good browsing pace would take about two hours. Definitely check out the rooftop with a helicopter. Then check out the bunker with its unique old-school communications system.
    Visited June 2023
    Travelled solo
    Written 17 July 2023
  • yvonne
    Auckland, New Zealand15 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Stunning building.
    A great way to kill an hour or two and learn a little more about this city and country. We didn’t use the audio or a guide and instead read the notice plaques and still learnt a lot. The place is stunning to look at and be in. Beautiful architecture and a capsule of time within each room. We were there early afternoon and it was hot! Maybe an early start would be cooler? We enjoyed wandering around, and think there are lifts if you have trouble with stairs.
    Visited July 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 27 July 2023
  • CatherineO1970
    United Kingdom444 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Fabulous 60s era decor
    Fabulous 60s decor and lovely breezy space. Despite its history, this is architecturally amazing. It appears untouched rather than recreated. Highlights include the rooftop nightclub (originally planned as a meditation space) and the bunker. The games room is a particular 60s highlight.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 10 August 2023
  • Johnny
    Oklahoma City, Oklahoma2 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Good history at the palace
    Love the place where I can reflect on the Vietnam War. The indoor exhibition is impressive, especially the photo where the tank hit the front gate marking the end of the war. Lots of information inside as well. Recommend for future tourist who wants to know more about the war's events.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 28 August 2023
  • Shannon
    Suva, Fiji1,138 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Well Maintained
    From the building facade to interior spaces, palace complex is in great condition. The building itself can be covered within an hour and the souvenir area is located on the roof. Ticket lines didn't have queues even on a public holiday. Toilets are clean. Must do in Siagon
    Visited September 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 30 September 2023
  • victoriag179
    Melbourne, Australia42 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Must do
    So worth a visit! This 60’s designed palace gives you so much to contemplate with Vietnam’s recent history. Good text panels (a rarity) explain the significance of each room and the basement is especially evocative of the time (take a fan, it’s stuffy!). Expect to spent 1-2hrs here. Also some fine breezes on the top floor.
    Visited August 2023
    Travelled with family
    Written 1 October 2023
  • TwoWas
    Indianapolis, Indiana908 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Better than we thought it would be
    We normally don’t really enjoy visiting old palaces, but this one was different for some reason. We enjoyed the architecture quite a bit. Each room was unique, and our guide did an excellent job describing them.
    Visited October 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 12 October 2023
  • L N
    Bristol, United Kingdom327 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Unmissable piece of Vietnamese history
    Unmissable if you’re interested in Vietnamese history. You can see how the president lived in shameless luxury. The underground bunkers are fascinating, but are hot, crowded, and unventilated, so be prepared. No one wore a mask and I was convinced we’d catch COVID!
    Visited May 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 24 October 2023
  • Robyn B
    Greater Sydney, Australia55 contributions
    3.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very interesting.
    Certainly interesting. However signage as to how to view the various floors is non existent. There are 3 upper floors and 2 basement floors. The basement consists of bunkers and war rooms - both of which you don’t want to miss - but you could! The Norodom Palace is also on the grounds but signage is again poor - marked “Exhibition”. Worth spending a couple of hours here.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled as a couple
    Written 31 October 2023
  • Veronica R
    Mosman, Australia32 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Historic building worth a visit
    Definitely worth a visit to see the grand rooms and the rooms where the General lived. The bunker in the basement is a highlight. I recommend watching the video in full (near the gift shop) a just choose the door in the language you recognise and enter any time as it it on a loop. No need to hire the headset (90,000 Dong) as the wall plaques state the same thing. The headset only gives a bit more info in the bunker area.
    Visited November 2023
    Travelled with friends
    Written 8 November 2023
These reviews are the subjective opinion of Tripadvisor members and not of TripAdvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews.

Most Recent: Reviews ordered by most recent publish date in descending order.

Detailed Reviews: Reviews ordered by recency and descriptiveness of user-identified themes such as waiting time, length of visit, general tips, and location information.

Popular mentions

4.0
4.0 of 5 bubbles10,355 reviews
Excellent
3,185
Very good
4,301
Average
2,362
Poor
395
Terrible
112

John H
Macedon Ranges, Australia406 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
been many times but never dissapoints. A real slice of Vietnamese history and you can do it solo or with a tour guide. Gaurds always ready to answer questions and a must see for Saigon
Written 11 July 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

nzwestie
Hamilton & Waikato Region, New Zealand488 contributions
3.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Very big, easy to get lost, even with the map. Enjoyed the spy part right down the bottom. Loved looking at the old vehicles but overall we did not so much enjoy it. Liked the tanks outside and yes the place is impeccably kept.
Written 24 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Companion44061141697
24 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Family
it was beautiful. it is so well preserved. the grass, the trees, everything was a delight to see. the rooms have detailed descriptions, there are elevators, it's just brilliant. wish there was seating so we could rest a little, but mostly epic.
Written 20 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Jonathan A
United Kingdom2 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2024 • Family
Choice between the war museum or this, not enough time for both and glad we chose this. It's a time capsule on a grand scale, and gives the reunification story and the end of the war a different perspective. A positive experience
Written 17 June 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Tilly P
Adelaide, Australia107 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
May 2024 • Couples
Interesting to tour the grounds and inside of the building. The access is remarkably good and it almost appears some of the rooms are still used. Audio guides were available for a reasonable price if required but a lot of the displays had English subtitles so we did not bother. There were tanks and helicopters in the grounds to see which husband really enjoyed.
Written 28 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Heather G
9 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Couples
Really interesting place to visit. Learned so much about Vietnamese history and enjoyed seeing the simple splendour of the palace
Written 6 May 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Raymondale
Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia1,112 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2023 • Solo
This palace also known as the Reunification Convention Hall. it was the home and workplace of the president of the Republic of Vietnam.now it is a landmark of HCM city. i visited this place last year when i had a trip to HCM in November.but it is not the first time i came here, the first time was 2017. the architecture here is the combination between modern Western and classical Eastern styles. the architect incorporated fortunate Chinese characters into the layout and design of the building.you can see cabinet room, state banquet hall, workplace of President,family’s residence of president, and many different functional rooms here.after visited,i bought some souvenirs at the shop.and took many pics at the front yard of the palace.if you come here,you will learn more about the independence history of Vietnam.
Written 29 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

mfilcol2014
Lisbon, Portugal1,768 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2024 • Couples
The visit to the Independence Palace is very interesting.
Pre-reunification Government Headquarters presents the various rooms with period decoration. The Bunker deserves special attention.
Interesting from a historical point of view. The instructions in English are very complete.
Surrounded by gardens, it is a pleasant place to spend part of the day
Written 28 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Stuart
Birmingham, UK1,288 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Feb 2024 • Couples
definitely worth the visit. it has some great pieces in here and a rich set of history associated with it as well. would recommend going here
Written 28 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Reeve j
Adelaide, Australia25 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Apr 2024 • Solo
When you find yourself in HCMC make sure the Independence Palace is on your list of places to visit here.
If you’re familiar with any of the history of the conflicts that happened here you’ll recognise this place straight away, its well laid out, plenty of information boards or better still get the audio tour or guided tour.
The place is full of significant historical articles and rooms, it is just mind blowing, yes there’s no aircon but there’s fans dotted around the place, contrary to the negative reviews on here (Saif S) for one, they don’t know what there talking about.
I would strongly recommend this place when you visit Saigon.
Written 25 April 2024
This review is the subjective opinion of a Tripadvisor member and not of Tripadvisor LLC. Tripadvisor performs checks on reviews as part of our industry-leading trust & safety standards. Read our transparency report to learn more.

Showing results 1-10 of 7,829
Is this your Tripadvisor listing?
Own or manage this property? Claim your listing for free to respond to reviews, update your profile and much more.
Claim your listing

The Independence Palace, Ho Chi Minh City - Tripadvisor

All Ho Chi Minh City HotelsHo Chi Minh City Hotel DealsLast Minute Hotels in Ho Chi Minh City
All things to do in Ho Chi Minh City
Day Trips in Ho Chi Minh City
RestaurantsFlightsHoliday homesTravel StoriesCruisesCar Hire