On this day, I discovered the architectural magic of the Independence Palace, also known as Reunification Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, Ho Chi Minh, Vietnam.
During my second trip to Vietnam I uncovered some real gems, the sort of thing that happens only when to return to a place – and only now seem to have the mental space to spot all those opportunities you didn’t before. This time around I ventured inside the building designed by Paris-trained Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu – and this was one of those unexpected highlights. A real feast for the eyes.
From the palatial chandeliers, wide corridors, sumptuous textures of the upper levels to the deep dark gloomy basement, feeling the creepy cracking floor under my feet – all these things I think only an architectural enthusiast or history buff would really fully appreciate.
The basement was my favourite. Walking through the former telecommunications centre, war room and warren of narrow tunnels, you get a sinking feeling before turning every corner knowing what transpired between those walls. The entire place is a time-capsual and a must visit when in Ho Chi Minh.
This is what I saw.