Vietnam’s Reunification Palace

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

(HO CHI MINH CITY, VIETNAM) – Boomers familiar with the Vietnam War will certainly get that down-memory-lane feeling when they visit the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, formerly known as Saigon. It was where the South Vietnamese war effort was centred.

Ho Chi Minh was the leader of North Vietnam who died in 1969 and is known by many Boomers as Uncle Ho.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Prior to the capture of this command centre, a defecting South Vietnamese pilot, Nguyen Thanh Trug, bombed the palace on April 8, 1975, becoming a national hero and scoring a huge propaganda win for North Vietnam. North Vietnamese tanks crashed through the gates of this command centre on April 30 that year, the defacto end of the war.

I had the feeling I had already been there when I recently visited it.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

The Palace was captured in so much newsreel footage you can’t help yourself from the déjà vu feeling. When Saigon fell in ‘75, South Vietnam disappeared from the map as it was reunited with North Vietnam. The country became the Socialist Republic of Vietnam.

There are several grand rooms to visit and, apart from any Boomer memories about the war, the architecture and rooms are palatial and worth a look.

Exterior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, featuring a Bell AH-1J SeaCobra helicopter, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Exterior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, featuring a Bell AH-1J SeaCobra helicopter, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Exterior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Exterior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.Photo by Robert Stephen.

Interior view of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam, on 28 April 2017.
Photo by Robert Stephen.

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Robert K Stephen writes about food and drink, travel, and lifestyle issues. He is one of the few non-national writers to be certified as a wine specialist by the Society of Wine Educators, in Washington, DC.

Robert was the first associate member of the Wine Writers’ Circle of Canada. He also holds a Mindfulness Certification from the University of Leiden.

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