Friday, August 5, 2011

Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon): War Remnants Museum

     There are a few essential places to go to while in Ho Chi Minh city, and the War Remnants museum is one of them. It focuses on the Vietnam War and presents the Vietnamese side to it. It's heavy, moving, upsetting, and personally I feel very important to see.
     As Americans, well as anyone from a particular country, we tend to turn a blind eye onto the cruelties that "we" have committed, the wrongs we have done. No country is perfect, not one is innocent. We all too often dissociate from the realities that, in war, in violence...we are all very much the same. We do horrid things, harm innocents, ruin lives, destroy and end essence, we are all guilty and innocent in the same.
great quote from The Judgment of the Nuremberg International Military Tribunal (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     Seeing the still suffering victims of Agent Orange was horrifying, and disheartening. When wars happen how often do we think of how the future will be effected? This put this concern at my forefront. Still people are suffering, children of children are getting defects, ailments, defects. This made me second guess all the individuals I see begging on the streets, their sad deep set eyes and lost limbs and folded bodies...
only a few pictures of some victims (photo taken by VeganBeats)
whoa...quote from the political report of the Central Executive Committee of the Vietnam Communist Party (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     One interesting exhibit was a collection of photographs taken during the war, from all sides...some absolutely grotesque and beautiful shots filled the rooms. All very powerful and bringing a story with every detail.
Henri Huet, War  Zone C, Vietnam1966. The silhouette of death. (photo taken by VeganBeats)
     Even though this was dark and stirred up a lot of parts and emotions, this museum is more than worth the time. I'm glad to have shared with it.

Address: 28 Vo Van Tan, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City
Telephone number: 930-5587
Open: 7:30-11:45 am and 1:30-5:15 pm

It is 15,000 dong to get in ($0.75).

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