Discover Vietnam's Historic Reunification Palace In Captivating Ho Chi Minh

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Originally built to serve as the palatial home of then president Ngo Dinh Diem, Ho Chi Minh's Reunification Palace is a symbolic representation of the historic fall of Saigon which ended decades of bitter conflicts between North Vietnam and the South and once more  reunited a divided nation. Constructed in 1962, the palace still contains the iconic Viet Cong tank that broke through its gates to the front lawn on that fateful day in April, 1975. Having survived several attacks and bombings from enemy fire, the palace took its current form after 1966 when it was partially wrecked due to assaults by South Vietnam's own air force.

Spread out over five floors this intriguing museum offers guests a tour that takes them through private living quarters, the president's office room, several dining rooms and entertainment areas including a lounge with a chic circular sofa which was built to host dignitaries. It is said that the structure also contained a casino in its heyday although no trace of it is visible now. A card playing room however is located on the third floor while the fourth is devoted entirely to dancing activities.

Other points of interest within the complex include its War Command Room which characteristically features wall to wall geographical maps and communications gear.  Visitors who wish to understand the role of propaganda media programmes of the era should head down to the basement of the palace where several rooms screen propaganda film clips that were aired during the period in a variety of languages including French, English, Chinese and Japanese. The palace's underground areas feature a complex network of tunnels with some even extending over to the famed Revolutionary Museum which was formerly known as the Gia Long Palace. Home to an observation room and a sculpture of Ho Chi Minh, the palace also contains a large conference hall where grand events and red letter days were commemorated in decades past.

When it comes to top of the line accommodation in Ho Chi Minh City nothing quite compares to the luxurious options available at the Somerset Chancellor Court.  Offering guests the finest Ho Chi Minh City serviced apartments in town, this stylish rest is also conveniently located in the centre of the city's CBD.
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