The Reunification Palace has stayed in the minds of many generations not only among the Vietnam locals but among many foreigners as well. It has been known to stand witness to two historical and fierce wars against the French and the Americans, making it a building most notable for its symbolic role.
The palace was built on the site of the previous Norodom Palace. During the late 19th Century up to 1954, the palace was used as an office for the Governor of Cochinchina before it was handed over to Viet Minh in 1954. It was then consequently given as the home of former President Ngo Dinh Diem who was a US-supported leader of Vietnam, up until his assassination in 1962. [Read more…]