Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ho Chi Minh Portrait on Vietnamese Banknote

The portrait of Ho Chi Minh is depicted in all the Vietnamese banknotes after the reunification of both South and North Vietnam, following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Even before the reunification took place where the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh which ruled the northern half of Vietnam from 1954 to 1976, the portrait of Ho Chi Minh was already used to depict in the banknote issued by DRV in 1950s.

The banknote issued by Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1951 that depicts the Portrait of Ho Chi Minh.

The portrait of Ho Chi Minh depicts on the current polymer banknote.

Statue of Ho Chi Minh displays at Ho Chi Minh City's War Museum.

Ho Chi Minh or Nguyen That Thanh (1890 to 1969) was one of the famous Vietnamese Communist revolutionary and President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (also known as North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969. He led his North Army to defeat the French Indochina War from 1946 to 1954. He later led the Vietnam's struggle to defeat the U.S. supported government in South Vietnam. However, he died in 1969 which he had missed the opportunity to witness the reunification of Vietnam in 1976 after the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese armed forces on 30 April 1975. The former capital of South Vietnam was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor.

Friday, June 5, 2009

Vietnam Banknote - Reunification Palace

It is quite normal that the King's portrait was used as the front feature of a country banknote. Prior to the reunification of South and North Vietnam in 1975, both regions have issued their own circulation notes. Interestingly, the South Vietnam was adopting the Independence Palace or the White House of South Vietnam as one of its banknote features. After the reunification of both South and North Vietnam, the Independence Palace was renamed as Reunification Palace.

The Reunification Palace was depicted in the front of the banknote issued by South Vietnam in 1972

An overview of Reunification Palace at Ho Chi Minh City

A grand view from the Reunification Palace

During my recent trip to Ho Chi Minh city, I was able to pay a visit this historical building - Reunification Place. This palace was once the home and workplace of President of South Vietnam and was also the administration center of South Vietnam before the fall of Saigon city to North Vietnam in 30 April 1975. This palace was reconstructed in 1962 after the Norodom Palace (previous French Governor's Palace during the French colonial) was bombed and severely destroyed by the North army. It was completed and inaugurated in 1966 and since then has became the official presidential palace of the South Vietnam.