Reunification Hall, a must-see place in Saigon

Coming to Saigon, you can not forget to visit Reunification Hall- a historical symbol that not only Saigon people but also Vietnamese people are always proud of. It charmingly reflects Vietnam’s history in war time so visiting this palace is always voted as one of top things to do in Saigon Vietnam.

Reunification Hall is located in a 15 ha area in District 1, Ho Chi Minh City. It was built in 1871 by French people and was named “Norodom” at that time. Over time, its name has been changed several times: President Palace (1954- 1956), Reunification Palace (1956- 1976) and Reunification Hall (1976- Now). Indochina tours Vietnam

Reunification Hall at the moment
Reunification Hall at the moment

Tourist coming to this place will have a chance to see really special architectural work of graphology. The overall dimensions of this palace make the Vietnamese word “cát” which means luck and auspiciousness. The architecture of the building’s detail also present other words: “tam” and “vương” (the capabilites of a leader), “chủ” (national sovereignty), “khẩu” (freedom of speech), “trung” (loyalty to the country) and “hưng” (building a prosperous nation).

Overall view of the Reunification Hall
Overall view of the Reunification Hall

Coming inside the hall, you will definitely be surprrised by hundreds of precious objects dispayed in every conner. This place used to be the house of the state’s leaders and many national events were held here. Therefore, the hall is full of valuable pictures, old potteries and beautiful interior decorations which were all given by oversea ambassadors and heads of provinces. It is the reason why the hall is called a million USD museum by experts and tourists all over the world. Mekong river tours

A picture about Vietnam’s scenery by architect Ngo Viet Thu in the banquet room
A picture about Vietnam’s scenery by architect Ngo Viet Thu in the banquet room
The conference room with the capacity of 500 people
The conference room with the capacity of 500 people

Moreover, the hall exhibits many pictures and objects which belong to the war time especially historical materials in the General Offensive in the spring of 1975. Some of them are Presidents’ cars, rival’s flag, seals and weapons that Vietnamese soldiers used in the battle.

The UH1 helicopter was used in Vietnam war in 1962
The UH1 helicopter was used in Vietnam war in 1962

The hall is encompassed by two park full of green tree and flowers. There is also a grand white water fountain in front of the hall which brings a relaxing feeling to tourist whenever visiting it.

With all of these unique things, the Reunification Hall deserves to be listed as one of ten special national places  by Vietnam’s Prime Minister. It not only presents the pride of Vitenam- a country with heroic tradition but also brings precious cultural values. Do not hesitate to come to Saigon and visit Reunification Hall to know more about this country and love it more.

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