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IELTS Speaking Sample Part 2 - Describe a historic site that you visited

Updated: Oct 17, 2023

Whoever has been to Ho Chi Minh City knows that this area houses several historic buildings which hold significant meaning in the history and culture of Vietnam. Among these, the one that has intrigued me the most is Reunification Palace, also known as Independence Palace.

This building is extremely popular with not only the local people but also foreign tourists, simply because it's located in District 1, right at the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. People could easily spot it from afar for it covers a vast area of land. In front of it is the huge Central Park and if we look beyond that we can see Notre Dame Cathedral on the right and Diamond Plaza on the left.

Even though the majority of Saigonese are aware that Independence Palace is one of the top tourist attractions in Saigon, very few have really learned about its significant role in our country's history. This palace used to function as the home and workplace of the president of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It's also this building that marked the reunification of the North and the South in 1975. These days, it acts as a reminder of our ancestors’ victory and also their sacrifice for the country's freedom.

If you ask me why this particular building is so special to me, I guess the reason is that whenever I enter the building it seems to me that I am traveling back in time. In the rhythmic voice of the tour guide, I could really feel what used to take place there and relive that historic atmosphere once again.


house (v) tồn tại, chứa đựng

hold significant meaning: có ý nghĩa quan trọng

intrigue (v) gây hứng thú

Reunification Palace = Independence Palace: dinh Độc Lập / dinh Thống Nhất

spot it from afar: nhìn thấy từ xa

Saigonese: người Sài Gòn

mark the reunification: đánh dấu sự thống nhất

act as a reminder of: gợi nhớ lại

sacrifice (n) sự hy sinh

travel back in time: đi ngược thời gian

rhythmic voice: giọng nói trầm bổng, lên xuống

relive that historic atmosphere: sống lại không khí lịch sử đó


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