Saturday 24 August 2013

War Remnants Museum Vietnam

Ho Chi Minh City: War Remnants. This place is all about the Old Saigon's downtown District 1 and gives a glimpse into the former capital's wartime past through the atmospheric stroll in War Remnant Museum.

Walk north up Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street to Vo Van Tan Street and turn left to fins at No. 28 the War Remnants Museum. (Bao Tang Chung Tich Chien Tranh; 28 Vo Van Tan Street; tel: 08-3930 2112; daily 7.30AM-noon, 1:30- 5PM; charge), set in the former headquarters of the US Information Services. You need a strong stomach as the museum comes to grips with the nastier aspects of Vietnam's recent history, such as human embryos in jars & pictures of deformed children, depicting the effectiveness of the defoliant Agent Orange, gory photographs of war mutilations and a guillotine used for decapitating agitators of the 1920s riot.

One of the exhibition halls, entitled REQUIEM, holds works of photographers from many countries who died in war conflicts in Indochina. Outside in the forecourt, there is an impressive array of military hardware, including tanks, a helicopter and a fighter jet. Although, a visit here is likely to be distressing, it is a sobering reminder of the heavy toll of war.

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