Thursday, February 17, 2011

Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

The site of the Reunification Palace (or Reunification Hall) has a very long history, starting from the mid 19th century.  It has always been the administrative centre for the region until the end of the Vietnam war in 1975.


This site has marked the end of the Vietnam war when the North Vietnam Army’s tank crashed through the gates.  Until today, they have two tanks in the large front lawn of the grounds facing inwards.


It is an unusual sight as you would expect that any guns would be facing away from the palace.  However it signifies that, with the tanks crashing into the ground and its turret facing inwards, the war ended.


You will probably be able to find many pictures of the Reunification Palace online, displaying the South Vietnam’s President’s office, some replica of the official Mercedes, the east and west dining room setup, the underground chambers and so on.  The building is well maintained and serves as one of the main tourist site.


What I find interesting is actually not the rooms or replicas but the overall fittings.  The building itself is a basic boxy shape but the large number of windows, coupled with “sun shades” are interesting.  A view along the corridor:-


And a closer view of the window architecture.


That’s all for now, more on Saigon … oppss .. Ho Chi Minh City, later.


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