They were the bedroom of Nguyen Van Thieu, who was the president of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1975, and the working room of Nguyen Cao Ky, who served as the prime minister of South Vietnam from 1965 to 1967, then as the vice president from 1967 to 1971.

These two rooms have recently been renovated but the original items have been kept intact, according to the palace’s director Tran Thi Ngoc Diep.

The palace has been the symbolic endgame that brought the Vietnam War to a close on April 30, 1975, when two North Vietnamese Army tanks crashed through its gates.

The palace has three main floors, two entresols, a basement and 100 rooms. It opened for tourists in 1990.

Thanh Nien News - May 1st, 2016