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Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace (Vietnamese: Dinh Thống Nhất) formerly known as Independence Palace (Dinh Độc Lập), built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gate.
On 27 February 1962, two pilots of Diệm’s Vietnam Air Force, rebelled and flew twoA-1 Skyraider towards the palace and bombed it, instead of going on a raid against theViệt Cộng. As a result, almost the entire left wing was destroyed. As it was almost impossible to restore the palace, Diệm ordered it demolished and commissioned a new building in its place. The new palace was constructed according to a design by Ngô Viết Thụ.

The construction of the new Independence Palace started on 1 July 1962.
On 8 April 1975 pilot of the Vietnam Air Force and an undetected communist spy, flew anF-5E aircraft from Biên Hòa Air Base to bomb the palace, but caused no significant damage. At 10:45 on 30 April 1975, a tank of the North Vietnamese Army bulldozed through the main gate, ending the Vietnam War.