Vietnam – Presidential Palace – Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)

The main entrance of the Presidential Palace

In Ho Chi Minh City you can visit the old presidential palace, now converted into a museum. On 30 April 1975, the army of the north along with the Viet Cong conquered Saigon unifying Vietnam into a single socialist state led by the Socialist Party of Vietnam. Following the conquest, the city was soon renamed Ho Chi Minh City in honour of the communist leader Ho Chi Minh. In the pictures, you can see the entrance of the building.

The shiny corridors.

The interiors of the palace. Well preserved. The palace is well equipped, including with a bar and a private cinema.

In the basement of the building, there is a bunker equipped for emergencies, complete with communication and bedrooms. The room of the president is very humble, considering the rest of the building.

The presidential means of transport. In the picture with the helicopter, the circles indicate where the bombs were dropped during the war.

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