The Hanoi Presidential Palace of Vietnam was built by Auguste Henri Vildieu, the official French architect for Vietnam, between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. Like other French Colonial architecture, the palace’s design is European with the only visual cues that it is located in Vietnam being the mango trees surrounding it.
When Vietnam became independent in 1954, Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the palace, although he still received state guests there. Eventually he constructed a traditional stilt house, known as the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House or as Nha San Bac Ho or Uncle Ho’s Stilt House. This house and the grounds of the Presidential Palace were turned into the Presidential Palace Historical Site in 1975. However, the Presidential Palace is not open to the public.