From the archives, Vol.I – Reunification Palace, HCMC

An editorial client contacted me last week, asking if I had any images of the Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City (formerly Saigon). Luckily i really love that place, and I have a set of images shot a few years ago. I quickly dropped an image set onto my Digital Railroad online archive, and sent them a lightbox. Voila!

Reunification Palace Diptych

The Reunification Palace is a rather unique place. I originally thought it was the product of post-war Soviet architecture – it kindof looks like a large concrete cinderblock from a distance – but it was actually built during the early 60s, designed by Vietnamese architect Ngô Viết Thụ. The facade features sets of vertical posts, made to resemble bamboo trees. But the most interesting aspects of the building are on the inside, with kitschy 60s ballrooms, bars and even a cinema on the top floors, and a den of war rooms intact with old communications gear in the basement.

Best of all, its one of the quietest places in the city.

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~ by Julian Abram Wainwright on April 21, 2008.

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