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After seeing Notre Dame and the Post Office, we jumped back into our mini-bus and crossed town to what might have been the coolest surprise of the whole trip: the Reunification Palace aka Independence Palace. It was the home of the President of South Vietnam up until the end of the American War. Designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ it is an amazing piece of Mid-Century Modern style.
Here you can see this splendid palace from the entry gate.
The interior has lovely chandeliers and windows to allow some breeze (though it was still incredibly hot that day.)
More amazing iron-work.
Check out these cool chairs and podium!
More Mid-Century Modern Fabulousness.
There is a lovely little enclosed courtyard. But the heat was so oppressive that we very quickly ran back inside.
What a marvelous staircase!
The Presidential game room looked like a pretty cool place to chill.
Vietnamese helicopter on the roof. There is a sign next to it that says “At 8:30 A.M. April 8, 1975 First Lieutenant Pilot Nguyen Thanh Trung flew FSE and threw down two bombs at the right target here.” to commemorate the bombing by the VietCong forces.
Finally, there are a ton of bunker rooms in the basement filled with all sorts of old equipment. The Palace is so big and filled with so many neat details that you could spend a whole day just exploring it.