The Reunification Palace in Ho Chi Minh City has a long history. A history that Beau and I don't really want to get into because it is an emotional topic for many people. So if you are interested in reading the full history of the Reunification Palace check here. The unexpected part of our visit to the palace was the architecture and interior design.
The original french colonial influenced palace was destroyed in 1962. A new palace in the same location was envisioned by a Vietnamese architect, named Ngo Viet Thu, and constructed between 1962-1966. Ngo Viet Thu designed the building to have the mid-century modern architecture and interiors complemented with patterns and techniques from the Vietnamese and Chinese cultures.
After walking through the palace you can see that the furnishings and cool communication relics do more than excite the eye. They show a vivid story of the 70's frozen in time. Rooms and bunkers filled with maps, phones and radios create an eerie feeling ,which should be expected. A war was fought from these rooms and people lost their lives on all sides.
- In 2008 we (Meggan and Beau) set out to see the world and start a business. Since then we have visited 48 countries and we’re just getting started. Travel and design go hand in hand. Whether we’re on the other side of the planet, or down the street we always find things to inspire us.