War remnants museum

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On streets lined with restaurants, banks and government buildings, in the heart of Ho Chi Minch City, you don’t expect to come across an American Huey helicopter parked next lớn an M48 Patton tank. They look lượt thích things you’ve seen in documentaries, more suited khổng lồ an army base than a busy urban neighborhood. Here, at the War Remnants Museum, 500,000 visitors a year come to see how war has shaped modern Vietnam.

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Just months after the fall of Saigon, in 1975, the government of Vietnam opened the “Exhibition House for US & Puppet Crimes.” From its inception, the museum featured propagandomain authority that highlighted the horrors of war with a heavy political bent. American atrocities, both real và exaggerated, were the primary message. But when America & Vietnam giới normalized relations in the 90s, the name of the museum changed khổng lồ the “Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression,” before finally ending up as the name it still has today — a diplomatic trade off for the lifting of sanctions, which had crippled the Vietnamese economy.


The first thing you’ll notice are the large pieces of authentic military hardware outside the main building. As the northern troops pushed south, toward the over of the war, the ARVN — the southern army — fled in droves, leaving behind billions of dollars of American equipment in their wake. With that new hardware, as well as what the Americans jettisoned when Saigon finally fell, the government in Hanoi had plenty of display pieces to choose from.



The F-5A fighter inside the front entrance gets the most publiđô thị, but it’s the UH-1 “Huey” that foreigners will more likely recognize, as some of the most dramatic footage of the war came from the landing zones where these choppers ferried điện thoại units into lớn intense firefights. But, while these pieces are impressive sầu, it’s the exhibits inside that leave the deepest impression.

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The photos, prominently displayed, are simply horrific. There are bodies blown to lớn pieces, families grieving over the corpses of children, and every kind of gruesome injury. If you’re squeamish, then keep your eye on the pieces of equipment in the displays, because the photos are very real. But shocking sights like these are necessary, if only khổng lồ remind us why peace is so important.


Some of the main exhibits include the following: displays showing the protests và popular tư vấn for peace around the world, features on French & American war crimes, a documentary on the aftereffects of Agent Orange, photos from the collection of Japanese photographer Ishikawa Bunyo, và tiger cages lượt thích those used by the French and South Vietnamese lớn torture political prisoners.

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The easiest way to lớn get khổng lồ the museum is by taxi, which are readily available in all the touristy areas. The trip should cost less than 50,000 VND ($2.21 USD) from District 1. However, there are several giả xe taxi companies that prey on foreigners, so make sure your xe taxi is either Vinasun (white with red và green trim) or Mai Linc (green). If you want khổng lồ save some money, and you’re feeling adventurous, here’s the bus bản đồ. The Grab & Uber apps are also great choices. Be wary of motorbike taxis (xe pháo ôm), as they are notorious cheats.


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