in Ho Chi Minh City, i.e. Saigon,
built on the site of the former Norodom Palace
and also known as Independence Palace. The Palace
is depicted on the former banknotes of the Republic of South Vietnam issued
in 1972 and on some banknotes with larger denominations printed in 1975, but
those were never issued due to the victory of the North Vietnamese
communists. Besides the modest
residential area, the Palace features several substantial halls and
quarters, including the presidential office, the cabinet room, a conference
hall, a state banqueting hall, the vice-president's
reception salon, the national security council chamber, presidential
reception rooms, the ambassadors chamber, and the rooftop
Salon of the Four Cardinal Directions (fig.).
THAILAND'S NEIGHBOURS & BEYOND.