Sunday, June 24, 2012

Reunification Palace


Reunification was once ironically known as Independence Palace and was home to Southern Vietnam's President Ngo Dinh Diem and his family. Diem, often a brutal and unfair leader, worked closely with the U.S. during his Presidency and the American War. In 1975, Northern Vietnamese troops stormed the building during the fall of Saigon and claimed it (and the city) as their own. Since that time, the building hasn't changed much. In fact, it seems as if nothing has been touched or moved out of place since 1975. A trip here is like traveling back to a time when thick carpeting, brocaded drapes, and gold and green color schemes were all the rage.

Shooting range in the basement.

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