I have never been to any museum in my travels. Always thought of it as boring stuff. But paying a visit to War remmants museum was an eye opener. The pictures taken during the war was awesome. The dramatic history this museum display make me a little sad after leaving this place : (
Well thats history all about I suppose. In here you will find historical truth, war crimes & after math, US weponary used in the war, jail house and much more. Do pop by to learn the problems Saigon faced.
Cu chi tunnel
From our hotel, we rented a van and a tour guide, and left early in the morning. From there, they brought us to this place where they make nice plates and artworks made from egg shells. It was ok, although we didn't get anything since they were abit expensive.
We continued with our journey to Cu Chi Tunnel. It was a very nice ride, no buildings, very rural. Although I was surprised that the maximum speed in the major highway was 60 kilometer/ hr.
Anyway, on the side of the road, we saw rows upon rows of rubber tree (i think), which we don't see often in our country. When we arrived, we paid around $5 for the entrance fee, and was rushed into a room with a small TV set playing a video about the history of Saigon and bits and pieces about the what happened during the war.Related to:
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The famous Norte Dame church
Vietnam main religion is buddhism, confucianism and ancestor worship. Christianity as I heard is now second after buddhism.
I don't notice many churches in Saigon but norte damne church is one of the church that is been mention quite a bit by the locals who stay around district 1. And whats more this church is another tourist stop.
Like the post office, this church not only has a nice architectural, it's worshipping statue is crated nicely too.
Whats funny here is as the locals are praying they tend to hear click ! click ! quite a bit. Poor thing. Hope their prayers don't just flash away ; )
One HUGE & pretty post office
This is by far the biggest post office I ever been to. Not only it is huge, it's architectural finishing is a little breath taking. Nice really nice !.
You can't really missed this place as it is within a tourist spot which apprantely next to it a famous church.
Saigon own Chinatown
Located in the centre of area within districts 5, 6 and 11, Cho Lon so call Vietnam chinatown. As mention by some follks there most of them are from China actually. Chinatown is bustling during the day. The street have people buying & selling huge variety of stuffs, drawing people from all parts of the city.
I suppose Vietnman chinatown has some similiarity with other countries. If you seen one you seen the rest. As usual the chinese folks be it in Saigon are industrious & hard working bunch of people. It is best to visit this place in the morning. For one it won't be darn hot.
Well do visit here for the record or while visiting a change part of ole Saigon.
War Remnants Museum
This museum show some of the cruelty of Vietnam War history and you begin to wonder who is more cruel.
There are so many gruesome photographs, My Lai massacre and the napalm, Agent Orange and phosphorous bombs used on the Vietnamese. It's really sad and it will make you wonder and weep. Bring some tissues.
Open Daily 7:30-11:45 and 1:30-5:15.Related to:
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People's Committee Building, Ho Chi Minh
One of the city’s most photogenic buildings, it was formerly known as Hotel de Ville. The building has a well groomed garden and elegant interior. Unfortunately, it is not open to the public and can be photographed from the outside
War Crimes Museum
Previously called the Museum of American War Crimes, the name was altered so as not to cause offence to American visitors, but its displays do tell the story from an anti-American perspective.
The museum houses a collection of weapons, machinery, artefacts and horrific photographs illustrating the devastating affects of napalm, Agent Orange and other weapons of mass destruction. One room is dedicated to biological warfare, including the effects of the defoliant sprays that were dumped over the country. Another room looks at worldwide demonstrations for peace and international opposition to the war. In the courtyard there are tanks, helicopters, planes and bombs on display.
Address: 28 Vo Van Tan St, District 3 Telephone: (08) 829 5587 Opening Time: Open daily from 7.30am to 11.45am and 1.30pm to 4.15pm
The building is preserved almost as it was on the last day of the Republic of Vietnam in 1975
The most interesting section of the Reunification Palace is the basement - a network of tunnels and rooms, including a war room and a telecommunications room
On the morning of 30 April 1975, the 43-hour-old government of South Vietnam sat quietly on the second floor of this grand building - then called the Independence Palace - waiting to transfer power to the Northern forces who were crashing through the wrought iron gates below. 'There is no question of you transferring power,' they were told by a Viet Cong officer. 'You cannot give up what you do not have.'
Post Office: Buu Dien
The General Post Office, adjacent to the Notre Dame cathedral, was built from 1886 to 1891 by Gustave Eiffel. The architecture style is French colonial.
As you enter the building you will not miss the wonderful looking ceilings and it look like a huge train station. Of course there is a huge portrait of good old Ho Chi Minh or Uncle Ho. Buy some stamps and sent a few postcards home or to friends that what I did.Related to:
Notre Dame Cathedral, Ho Chi Minh City
The cathedral was built in the 18th century and decorated with stain glass windows. Perhaps the best day to visit is on Sunday when the church service is held.
Notre Dame Cathedral
It was built during the late 1870s-1880s by the French. The cathedral can be visited at anytime, and even attend mass too.
It has one of the beautiful stained glass.Related to:
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