The palace is now a museum. I wasn't planning to visit, but as I walk down the boulevard from Notre Dame Cathedral, I see lots of people entering and walking around the grounds and I wander over to the entrance to note that the entry fee is only 40,000 Vietnamese Dong (VND), $0.76 USD, very reasonable. In I go.
The palace grounds are extensive and include, stashed among the trees, fields, and gazebos, military vehicles used by the North Vietnamese in the conquest of the South.
Entering through the front of the palace, I first see the state banquet hall and conference hall, with great views across the grounds.
State banquet hall and conference hall
Then, nearby, the cabinet room and the vice president's reception room.
Cabinet room, vice president's reception room
Moving on, the president's reception rooms are even more elegant.
President's reception rooms
Meanwhile, the National Security Council Chamber is much more functional.
National Security Council Chamber
Upstairs and to the rear are the private residence rooms for the president.
Vehicles used by the president, jeep and Mercedes
Cinema and firing range
This is great! I'm sure glad I walked in, I truly enjoyed my trip through the palace!