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Reunification Palace Vietnam : Ho Chi Minh City Architecture
Ho Chi Minh City Building, South East Asia design by Ngô Viet Thu
post updated 2 Feb 2021
Reunification Palace Ho Chi Minh City
Location: Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon)
Dates built: 1962-66
Architect – Ngô Viet Thu
Address: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
The Independence Palace – also known as Reunification Palace was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace.
It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War.
Photos © Tom Ravenscroft
The Independence Palace is one of the most important and interesting buildings in Vietnam.
The end of the Vietnam War is held to have occurred here, during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
On 27 February 1962, two pilots of Diệm’s Republic of Vietnam Air Force, Nguyễn Văn Cử and Phạm Phú Quốc, rebelled and flew two A-1 Skyraider aircraft towards the palace and bombed it, instead of going on a raid against the Việt Cộng. As a result, almost the entire left wing was destroyed.
However, Diệm and his family escaped the assassination attempt. As it was almost impossible to restore the palace, Diệm ordered it demolished and commissioned a new building in its place.
The new palace was constructed according to a design by Ngô Viết Thụ, a Vietnamese architect who won the First Grand Prize of Rome (Grand Prix de Rome) in 1955, the highest recognition of the Beaux-Arts school in Paris. He was also a laureate of the Prix de Rome awarded by the French government.
Building images from Tom Ravenscroft 250909
Location: 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, south east Asia
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