Tuesday, September 7, 2010

reunification palace ho chi minh

under a hot sunny day crossing from one street to another with a map as our only guide. we tried asking the people around but majority would not even know where the Reunification Palace. first because they cannot understand us and second the people would still call it Independence Palace, like one who still prefers to call it Saigon over Ho Chi Minh.like the city where it stands, its name evolved from years of conflict. the first structure in this area was called Norodom Palace and was changed to Governor's palace destroyed reconstructed until it was finally named as the Reunification Palace. just after the communist in North Vietnam and South Vietnam ended a negotiation in 1975.
similar to Philippines' Malacanang Palace, it remains as one of Vietnam's most important structure. with some of its halls and rooms, elegant. there are guided tours around the building but most of the time using the country's local language.
we just went around the palace from the main hall to the ground floor which contains old collections of photos of its history. leaders who held post in this structure including the Japanese who occupied it during the world war.
as of this posting, the Reunification Palace is already a historical structure as the head of state is already based in the country's capital city, Hanoi. within its grounds, a tank that symbolized the end of Vietnam war, is among the tourists favorite spot. the tank crashing the palace gates gave way to the Vietnam that we see today.
it is open to the public with an entrance fee of 15,000 Vietnam Dong. if you're not much into Vietnam's history, you won't appreciate the site much but if you dig deep its historical background, that's when you'll value the place.

island: Greater Asia
city: Ho Chi Minh
country: Vietnam

GPS location

10^ 46' 37.64" N
106^ 41' 43.77" E

escape rate:
structure location: 3.5
structure design: 3.0
structure grounds: 4.0
historical value: 5.0

53 comments:

gillboard said...

how much ang 15000 dong in peso?

it's a nice looking place.

alicesg said...

Very beautiful photos. Dont think I visited here.

witsandnuts said...

Just like the number of times the place's name has been changed, I would not be surprised if the locals will try to recount different versions of the history involved.

Mokong™ said...

Nice shots... Parang Malacanang dito sa Pinas ba yan pero hindi dyan nakatira nag leader? hehe. Nakakainspire magphotoshoot ng mga trademark dito sa Pinas ang ginagawa mo dyan Dong...

Borneo Falcon said...

Well preserved and beautiful. Definitely my kind of thing

Reena said...

i like the bldg facade. very art deco. :)

i like the tree too.

Fickle Cattle said...

We never went inside when we visited vietnam. But we saw it from the outside. It reminded me of Malacanang too.

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Chyng said...

ok naman pala, parang tanda ko sabi mo there's nothing special.. pwede na. Ü

Photo Cache said...

i find that vietnamese here in the states are very friendly. i am hoping you found them equally friendly in their homeland. what month did you go?

beero said...

pumunta ka pala ng vietnam kuya dong. pasalubong naman. hehe. palayo nang palayo biyahe mo ah.

pusang kalye said...

Sad to think though that this Palace, as a symbol of unification, stands for ONE VIETNAM under the communist rule. I have always thought of communism in a bad light. Well, I guess the best thing is to go to Vietnam and experience it first hand. I heard that although they are communist, you can hardly sense the difference weather you are in Manila or in any SEA country....

The paintings are indeed impressive.

I am Xprosaic said...

I do have little knowledge with regards to thier history but i'm not a fan of history subject... lol... But i do appreciate its elegant views... By just looking at your pictures, solb na ako... hehehehehehehehe

SandyCarlson said...

The artwork in and design of the rooms is utterly breathtaking. Thanks for the tour.

Sidney said...

Nice palace... one day I need to go there... lets put it on my bucket list!

thepinaysolobackpacker said...

i salute you guys for this great find! i've never heard about this before. I know exactly how it feels to search for a place in the heat of the sun when all you have is a map, not to mention that, it's either the locals you ask can't understand what you are looking for or they havn't been to that place themselves so they can't tell you how to get there.

Pietro said...

I find the Reunification Palace a really amazing structure, both outside and inside. Thanks for these nice series of pictures.

Eds said...

15,000 magkano yon sa atin? pero mukhang sulit naman ah. the paintings are very impressive ha.

fufu said...

yeah gorgeous palaca... :) nice to see again those familiar stuff here XD

Bengbeng said...

definitely my kind of thing too

nuts said...

15000 Vietnam Dong? so madami Dong don Dom? :) thanks, nakapasyal din sa Vietnam, seriously, gusto ko punta don. iba pa rin alala ko sa Vietnam, nag reg na sa isip ko ang war. so i need to visit the place to see and witness the beauty of vietnam!

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