Reunification Palacefamous landmark in Ho Chi Minh City

​​​Last Update: 25th October 2020

Located at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City, Reunification Palace was originally built in 1869 by the French colonists. Before the Vietnam War, it worked as the Governor’s Mansion of France. Unfortunately, it was partly damaged during the Vietnam War. The building was rebuilt and expanded in 1962. In 1974, Ho Chi Minh City was independent from the governance of France. Its name was changed to Independence Palace. In 1975, the name was again changed to Reunification Palace to commemorate the unification of Vietnam.

Reunification Palace Fast Facts

  • Name: Reunification Palace
  • Area: 2 x hectares
  • Things to do there: Architecture, History and Culture, Photography
  • Who visits: Photographers, History and Culture Lovers, Architects
  • Time required: 2 x Hours

What to expect at the Reunification Palace

The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City is a 5-storey building. There are 3 floors on the ground and the basemen is a 2-storey structure. Nowadays, the palace is the site where the Vietnamese government meetings are held and the leaders of Vietnam meet the counterparts from other countries. There is a large lawn in front of the building.

The Reunification Palace features around 100 rooms with fine decoration and different styles. There are well-equipped meetings on the ground floor. Room for Presenting the Credentials, VIP Rooms of President, a banquet hall and the president room are located on the first ground. The second floor is fitted with a cinema and an entertainment room. The basement is for storing the communication systems, a command room for the temporary war and various types of weapons, including TV station and a backup broadcast center.

The Reunification Palace offers a great chance to get acquainted with the modern history of Vietnam. The staff in the traditional Vietnamese costumes provide consultation and tour guide services. Visitors can appreciate the Carpet of Golden Dragon, the historic exhibits decorated with ivory and elephant legs and the like. In the Room for Presenting the Credentials, visitors can admire Vietnamese traditional craft lacquer painting which is composed of 40 pictures of the Vietnam’s landscape and local folk.

Some of the rooms are not opened to the public. But visitors can watch from the outside. The windows are specially designed. You could see the outside things clearly from the inside through the window but the people outside the building can’t see you through the window.

Best time to visit the Reunification Palace

The best time to visit Reunification Palace is in the morning.

The best months to visit are from April to October.

How to get to the Reunification Palace

There is no direct bus to the palace. You could rent a vehicle to the palace.

Additional Reunification Palace Travel Advice

  • Opening hours: 08:00 – 11:00 and 13:00 – 16:00
  • As at 25th October 2020, the entrance pricing to the palace is 40,000 VND per person. For the latest pricing information, please contact us via email (
  • If there are important events being held in the palace, it is closed to the public.
  • Please keep quiet in the palace.

Interested in visiting the Reunification Palace on a Tour?

Wendy Wei Tours offers a variety of different packaged tours as well as custom tours including the Reunification Palace among other attractions and destinations. To find out more, please visit our Tours page or Contact Us directly to find out more.