Attraction U.S. Consulate General 4 Lê Duẩn Bến Nghé, Quận 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam Published on: 02-01-2018
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Why Former U.S. Embassy is special ?
The United States Embassy in Saigon was first established in June 1952, and moved into a new building in 1967 and eventually closing in 1975. The embassy was the scene of a number of significant events of the Vietnam War, most notably the Viet Cong attack during the Tet Offensive which helped turn American public opinion against the war, and the helicopter evacuation during the Fall of Saigon after which the embassy closed permanently.
In 1995, the U.S. and the Socialist Republic of Vietnam formally established relations and the embassy grounds and building were handed back to the United States. The former embassy was subsequently demolished in 1998 and is currently a park inside of the U.S. Consulate General in Ho Chi Minh City's compound.
What to explore at Former U.S. Embassy?
This is the site where the photograph depicting the final helicopter evacuation took place in 1975.
Construction of the original Vietnam War era Embassy and 3.2 acre compound started on June 11th 1965.
Seeing Saigon pictures in US History class that show how horrible war is and now we have the opportunity to be there again is amazing.
The building is ancient and stay that way to preserve the historical significance.
Anyone remembering the fall of Saigon remembers the helicopters taking off from the embassy
Here was the very symbol of American influence in South Vietnam. After more than two decades of American support, billions of dollars in aid, and the loss of countless lives, this is where the US government ended its commitment to South Vietnam. In April of 1975 this virtual fortress was a place of total panic and chaos. TV cameras captured the scene of American helicopters taking off from the embassy grounds as they evacuated embassy staff, Marine guards, and many Vietnamese refugees. They then flew for the coast, landing on the 7th Fleet’s aircraft carriers in the South China Sea. South Vietnam was abandoned to the advancing communists, who captured the city that same morning.
Walking past lines of people waiting for visa interviews, you may head for American Citizen Services. Upon entry, you find a modern government office. It’s a safe, but sterile atmosphere. A sign of the times in the post-9/11 world, is that US staff in this office are behind bullet proof glass.
How to get to Former U.S. Embassy?
The best way to visit the mosque is by taxi, motorbike or" xe om". It takes 26 mins driving from Tan Son Nhat International Airport and 14 mins from SaiGon Railway Station.
- Meaningful historical location Saigon
- Symbolic Location depicting the fall of Saigon.
- The only memorial marker in existence within Vietnam
- Huge building along Le Duan Street
- The exact site where the former US Embassy stood throughout the Vietnam War
U.S. Consulate General 4 Lê Duẩn Bến Nghé, Quận 1 Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam
Tips for you
This was actually one of my favorite three places to visit in HCMC. The fall of Saigon pictures I remember seeing in US History class and in the internet. Then I'm there with my fiancé reliving the picture. It was great! However, it's still a sad part of history but glad that it's over and we can remember how horrible war is and now we have the opportunity to be there again is amazing. I had a private tour with Xuan, Bao Loc's friend and we were permitted access to this site. The elevator was a throwback in time as well. The building is old and forgotten in time but it should stay that way to preserve the historical significance. I was wondering why other people weren't there and he said it's not permitted to foreigners unless granted permission. The roof is also not safe and up to safety code so it's perhaps best if not many large groups herd their way through there. I'll post pics when I get home in about a week.