Huge Vietnamese economic and cultural center Ho Chi Minh City is famous for its tourist attractions, one of which – the Reunification Palace (or the Palace of Independence).
Erected by the French in 1868 and subsequently modified and renovated building in the city center situated in a large beautiful park of about 12 hectares, near the Notre-Dame of Saigon. It was originally erected as the residence of the governor-general of Indochina (Cochin China).
Later, expanded, it became the palace of King Norodom (by the way, a beautiful avenue in front of him is named the same). And later, when the French left the country, it was the Palace of the South Vietnamese President Ngo Dinh Diem (he even called the dragon’s head because of the location of Feng Shui in the head of the dragon). The nation is so hated Ngo Dinh Diem that in 1962 the two South Vietnamese bombers bombed him in the palace, but failed.
The building was completely destroyed, and Ngo Dinh Diem managed to escape. After that, by order of the president began to build another palace building designed by architect Ngo Viet talented Thu, since the air-raid shelter. Construction was completed after the death of Diem, 1966
It is the most popular museum in Ho Chi Minh City, and the most shocking. Literally, the name of the museum correctly translated as the War Remnants Museum (War Remnants Museum, also known as War Remnants Museum), and originally it was named as the “Museum of the crimes the US and its puppets» (Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes), however, due to the normalization of relations with the United States, was politically correct renamed its present name. But in fact, the content is exactly the museum of war crimes the US committed during the US-Vietnam war against the people of Vietnam.
As the name implies, almost all of the exhibits are devoted to the subject of the atrocities and crimes of the US, which they did with respect to both the armed soldiers and the civilian population of Vietnam. The bulk of the exhibits of the museum is located inside the building, which during the war served as a home to the US Information Agency. This is mainly photographs and documents, which will leave only a few indifferent. Many museum visitors with grim faces move from photo to photo, and some can not contain their emotions. All this evidence shocking, so we do not give close-up photos.
Around the open-air museum exhibited some samples of military equipment and weapons the Americans, and in a separate pavilion as models are instruments of torture and prison. Of course – this museum is a must to visit during a visit to Ho Chi Minh City, but is not ready for a joyful and positive emotions from what you see.
This museum, along with a museum of war crimes and the Reunification Palace, we would recommend mandatory to include in your itinerary in Ho Chi Minh City.
The museum at a certain time in the same presentation held water puppetry, which are in constant interest to tourists. Of course, if you saw the show in this puppet theater in Hanoi or Ho Chi Minh City, there will be a little disappointed, but the cost of the show here is only 50,000 VND.
Hours: Tuesday to Saturday from 08:00 to 11:00 and from 13:30 to 16:30. Shows water puppetry held at 14:00, 15:00 and 16:00
Entrance fee: 15 000 VND. Water Puppet Theatre – 50,000 VND.
How to get there? The museum is located next to the zoo, Ho Chi Minh City, get to it from the tourist area, you can only by taxi or bus (the Museum of Vietnamese History Map Ho Chi Minh City). Address: 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem. You can get there by bus №19, 616, 52 per 5,000 VND.