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Reunification Palace

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When North Vietnamese Army Tank 390 burst through the front gates of Independence Palace at 10:45, 30 April 1975, it effectively marked the end of the fall of Saigon, the end (or liberation) of South Vietnam and the end of the Vietnam War.

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Photos of the palace with tanks has joined the ranks of iconic Vietnam War photography, while the building itself—now called Reunification Palace—is one of the city’s top attractions, a must for any first-time visitor to Ho Chi Minh City.

Historic. Photo taken in or around Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Historic. Photo: Cindy Fan

The 1960s modernist building was actually a replacement for Norodom Palace, which was built by the French in 1873 to the tune of 12 million Francs. Black and white photos of the palace show a grand neo-Baroque building with a central dome, gardens and a ceremonial room that could accommodate ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 900 words.)

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