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The War Remnants Museum is a must see if you are interested in Vietnam’s history of combat with both the French and the Americans. Inside there are lots of informative displays focusing on biological warfare, weaponry and details of Vietnam’s armies during the war.
Once known as the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum is consistently popular with Western tourists. Few museums anywhere drive home so effectively the brutality of war and its many civilian victims. Many of the atrocities documented here were well publicised but rarely do Westerners get to hear the victims of US military action tell their own stories. While the displays are one-sided, many of the most disturbing photographs illustrating US atrocities are from US sources, including those of the infamous My Lai Massacre. US armoured vehicles, artillery pieces, bombs and infantry weapons are on display outside. One corner of the grounds is devoted to the notorious French and South Vietnamese prisons on Phu Quoc and Con Son Islands. Artefacts include that most iconic of French appliances, the guillotine, and the notoriously inhumane ‘tiger cages’ used to house Viet Cong (Vietnamese Communists; VC) prisoners. The ground floor of the museum is devoted to a collection of posters and photographs showing support for the antiwar movement internationally. This somewhat upbeat display provides a counterbalance to the horrors upstairs. Even those who supported the war are likely to be horrified by the photos of children affected by US bombing and napalming. You’ll also have the rare chance to see some of the experimental weapons used in the war, which were at one time military secrets, such as the flechette , an artillery shell filled with thousands of tiny darts. Upstairs, look out for the Requiem Exhibition . Compiled by legendary war photographer Tim Page, this striking collection documents the work of photographers killed during the course of the conflict, on both sides, and includes works by Larry Burrows and Robert Capa. The War Remnants Museum is in the former US Information Service building. Captions are in Vietnamese and English.
Ho Chi Minh has a bunch of museums in the city. The war remnants museum is the best out of them all. This museum is very anti-american and shows only one side of the war story. Nevertheless, it is worth the visit. Other museums include the art museum (I loved it) and the reunification palace. Don't forget to do a bit of shopping at the Ben Thanh Market. It has got all the good brands for dirt cheap prices.
The War Remnants Museum is a necessary visit while in Ho Chi Minh City. The museum has many tanks, fighters planes and is a remembrance of tragic history through the pictures, stories, and details of such a devastating event (some images might be disturbing here). Later in the day Chinatown is a hive of activity, full of temples, restaurants, jade ornaments and medicine shops.
From Wikitravel: Cu Chi Tunnels is located 40km northwest of Ho Chi Minh City. The tunnels are an elaborate underground community made up of 250km of tunnels and chambers below the city. The tunnels were dug with simple tools and bare hands during the French occupation in the 1940’s and further expanded during the Vietnam War in 1960’s to provide refuge and a defensive advantage over the American Soldiers. So despite all the bombings in South Vietnam, the Cu Chi people were able to continue their lives beneath the soil – where they slept, ate, wed, gave birth, planned attacks, healed their sick and taught their young. Originally published here. We stayed at Saigon’s Sports 1 Hotel at USD30 per night with free buffet breakfast for two. The room can actually accommodate three persons but you need to pay extra USD3 for the buffet. The narrow lot/floor area was something noticeable of Saigon as most of establishments around occupies an average of 75-100sqms. Another uniquely famous about Vietnam is their coffee. According to some, it’s far beyond the Starbucks taste... Hmmm.... as a coffee addict, I was longing for the morning already to savor Vietnam’s coffee....
During the tour we were shown many on the booby traps set up by VietCong (Vietnamese communist army) during the war. To experience the life of guerillas, we took a short walk inside one of the tunnels. Despite the fact that tunnels have been expanded to accommodate the tourists, they still felt too narrow and low ! It was huge relief to come out on the other side. Totally amazing how the Vietnamese managed to live in those tunnels for years !Within the Cu-Chi tunnels complex, there is also a firing range where you get to shoot rare guns like AK47 and M16. Shooting charges are extra and the pricing is by the bullet. At the end of the tour we enjoyed a treat of tapioca and Vietnamese tea, the main staple food during the war.The whole tour took about 2 hours. We reached back at the hotel at 5pm. Evening we visited a local market with some Indian friends living in HCM. Taka Plaza was a covered market mostly selling clothes - huge variety, decent quality and reasonable prices. Our friends then took us to a standalone store Thuy Trang - a shoe haven. Have never seen so many varieties under one roof.For dinner we went to 'Hum' - a very popular vegan restaurant in HCM. Lovely ambience and awesome drinks. The drinks serving style was unique. We tried many Vietnamese veg dishes and all were good. Would highly recommend anyone visiting HCM to try this place. Its pricey for Vietnam but comparable to a fine dining restaurant in Mumbai.Day 9: Ho Chi Minh City
The main sights in Saigon are the former Presidential Palace, now called the Reunification Hall, the War Remnants Museum, which includes some horrific scenes, and the Colonial Post Office. Once again a cyclo tour is a very good way to see the city, but make sure you stop off to walk through the fantastic Ben Thanh Market.
We went to War Remnants Museum next, it’s my second favorite tourist spot. Everything is so emotional, you can really feel the pain, hardship, burden and sacrifices on both parties. it’s not bias, I will not be posting a lot of photos about it so you can see and feel it yourself. It was really a terrible feeling and you can understand how lucky we are and we’re not the people who suffered from that crisis before.
The Vietnam war left devastating effects on the country and whilst the museum may be a little bias it gives you a heart wrenching look at the effects of Agent Orange and some of the brutality caused by the war. It may be a bit of a somber experience but is a must to get a look into the countries past.And the one we never made it too, Sapa.
1. Visit the War remnant museum to get the insights of the war with both French and Americans. The museum displays exhibition rooms on history, statistics and the weaponry used during the war. You will be forced to think how in a short span of time this country has recovered from the horrors of the war. One can easily spend about 2 hours at the museum, is worth the entrance fee of 30000 d.
What etched an indelible mark on my mind was a visit to the War Remnants Museum. The exhibits comprised of period photographs, graphical imagery and military equipment like battle tanks and fighter aircrafts, mostly from the prolonged and bitter Vietnam war. Echoing strong anti-US sentiment, they are a vivid testimony to the atrocities inflicted upon the natives by the US armed forces. There was a guillotine used to behead hundreds of innocents, first by the French and later by the oppressive government of Saigon. The tiger cages originally built by the French, are redolent of the inhuman treatment of political prisoners captured during the Communist revolution. Evocative photographs exposing the aftermath of Agent Orange and napalm bombs deployed in the war, left me gaping in disbelief. I didn't know how to react - whether to shed a tear or look away in disgust.
Very few museums document the brutality of war with wonderful precision and the War Remnants Museum in HCMC is one of them. One can witness US bombs, weapons and vehicles right outside the complex while the photographs inside illustrate the atrocities committed on innocent people, particularly women and children by virtue of napalming and bombing. A plethora of posters from all around the world that supported the movement against the war are exhibited on the ground floor and are worth looking at. The overall experience can be horrifying and a prior knowledge of the course of the Vietnam War is essential. There are also fragments of the first Indochina war for one to see. One of the most iconic photographs on this planet, 'The Napalm Girl' is housed here. It is interesting to note how many people believe that the exhibits inside are typically 'one-sided' and are replete with Anti-American sentiments. However, this museum is worth your time and money, irrespective of your opinion on the war. Getting there: Taking a metered taxi from a reputed company is a good idea with 'Mai Linh' being the most popular and you could be charged around 15,000 VND for the first kilometre. Flagging taxis is easy but you could also ask your hotel staff to call you one. Remember to show your driver the name and address of the museum if in case you are hailing a taxi as they are often confused. The admission to the museum is 15,000 VND per person and guided tours are not necessary because everything is labelled in both English and Vietnamese. The museum shuts by 5 in the evening.
Prepare your 1 litre of tears on this one.
10:00 am: The War Remnants Museum is a three-storey building that houses collections of artilleries, armories, aircrafts, unexploded ordinances, bombs, tanks, pictures, etc. It used to be called the “Exhibition House of US and Puppet Crimes”, and then renamed to “Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression”, then finally “The War Remnants Museum” after the diplomatic relations with the US. I was amazed by how they have preserved and valued the history despite the horror and fright that it caused in their lives. As for them, the museum is a testament of how their elders fought for the future generation and for the young ones to value the life that they enjoy today -- it made them the proud Vietnamese of today.
Vietnam has had a rough go of things for the last 70 years. Get a sobering (if sometimes biased) view of what that has meant for the country's tens of millions of people.