Visiting this palace (Reunification Palace Part I) was like walking back in time to what could have transpired during the Vietnam, though I can only remember the stories shared by my late grandfathers. As I grew up, I knew one single fact about the war. The war caused over a million casualties whereas the suffering is still endured until today. Painful indeed!! Now that I was on the third floor of the palace, I had a bigger picture after looking at the pictures and reading about the early chronicles of Vietnam’s political history and what triggered the war.
At the third floor, I walked through the kitchen and then saw the previous cars of the President.
Don't ask how from the third floor I came back to basement. Remember I told you in Part 1 that it was quite confusing going from one floor to the other and from one section to the other?? So I was at the basement where my heart pumped faster as I felt I've gone back to the war time zone seeing the war command room with its huge maps, old communications equipment,vintage phones and ancient radios.
Finally I made my way to the upper floors. Yes, I climbed up the staircase to see the war relics and many photos of US soldiers and personal dashing for the departing helicopters during the Fall of Saigon. Finally a great view of the city from the outdoor deck before returning all the down back to the entrance.
Next change: War Remnants Museum.