The presidential palace, also known as the Reunification Palace, was the location where in April 1975 a tank belonging to the Northern Army breached the gates, signifying the fall of Saigon and southern Vietnam. In 1976, Saigon merged with the surrounding Gia Dinh Province and was renamed Ho Chi Minh City after Ho Chi Minh, the communist revolutionary leader and former president. The building has remained largely untouched, with 1960s-style furnishings and a collection of military vehicles on display, including a helicopter. In the basement is the command centre for the south, complete with military charts from the time of the war. The nearby War Remnants Museum displays a number of exhibits relating to the war with the US and battles with occupying French forces.
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