A special exhibition was launched Friday at the Independence Palace in Ho Chi Minh City, showcasing hundreds of artifacts chronicling the development of the southern metropolis’ iconic structure.
Named “From Norodom Palace to Independence Place, 1868 – 1966”, the event features more than 800 photos and materials collected by many Vietnamese and international experts over the past three years.
Norodom Palace was the former name of the current Independence Palace, a historic landmark on Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street in District 1.
The exhibition is housed in an old two-story French mansion located within the premises of the Independence Place.
The first floor is dedicated to artifacts depicting the birth of the Norodom Palace and the lives of Saigonese during the French colonial period.
The re-constructing of the Independence Palace, along with the establishment and fall of the old regime, is displayed on the second floor.
Free admission to this special exhibition is offered for all ages from March 10 to 23.
Many of the artifacts on display are unique and are shown for the first time during this event.
Norodom Palace was designed by French architect Hermite and completed in 1871.
The current Independence Palace was re-designed by the Vietnamese architect Ngo Viet Thu and completed in 1966.
|A room dedicated to the bombing event of the Independence Palace in 1962 and the following political turmoil in 1963. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|Various photos depicting the life of Saigonese are showcased. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|Visitors look for information on a touch screen at the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|Artifacts relating to the administration of Ngo Dinh Diem are displayed on the second floor. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|Photos marks important historical events during the period of 1937-1954 in Ho Chi Minh City. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|A room dedicated to prominent people during the old time. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|Guests look at the displayed artifacts during the exhibition. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|
|A large photo depicting the interior of the former Norodom Palace. Photo: Tuoi Tre.|