Thursday, September 23, 2010

war remnants museum vietnam

if there's something too painful to see around Vietnam, it would be the War Remnants Museum. it brings back the past, the time when most of the countries were already recovering from the World War II while Vietnam remains a war torn country.
it was way past noon when we have to wait for the museum to open at 1:00pm but from outside, one can have a peek of some of the displayed US chopper and fighter planes. it costs just around 15,000Vietnam Dong or around 35 Philippine Pesos.
built 35years ago as a memoriam to the American-Vietnam war. it is composed of a block type structure, a replica of a prison camp and an area displaying some of the war equipments. some of the thematic rooms on the top floors has air condition system while the ground floor is open.
among the most disturbing parts of the museum are the ones on the ground level which includes photos of the victims of the sprayed chemical with the code name Agent Orange. it affected millions causing physical deformations to Vietnamese exposed to the Operation Ranch Hand.as you go from one level to the other, it ends up with a perspective of how Vietnam is recovering. now, a joint group of US and Vietnam personnel continuously move to extend humanitarian assistance to the victims and the areas which are still causing some effects.
island: Greater Asia
city: Ho Chi Minh
country: Vietnam

GPS location
10^ 46' 45.65" N
106^ 41' 31.71" E

escape rate:
museum location: 3.5
musuem area: 3.5
historical value: 4.5

23 comments:

SandyCarlson said...

I think these things are as necessary as they are horrifying. A powerful post.

The Nomadic Pinoy said...

This is one museum where I could feel anti-American sentiments among visitors after seeing all those pictures of Vietnamese victims of Operation Ranch Hand. It left me drained.

Chyng said...

infairness, binigayn mo ng buhay tong boring na lugar na to. iba ka talaga... idol!

Bengbeng said...

thought provoking post. i have been looking forward to this post n the pics from u

Sidney said...

Good they keep this alive... young people should learn from the past...
But do we humans ever learn?

Luna Miranda said...

the barbed wire cage give me goosebumps. a painful but important reminder. and Vietnam's recovery is amazing.

sheng said...

Sad but the pictures see them as history, so they're history dom, we have to move on, and am glad that the Vietnamese have done their best to consider things past.

gillboard said...

remembrance of vietnam's darkest days.

Photo Cache said...

vietnam does have a painful past. but these reminders are necessary.

Eds said...

a remembrance of a painful past for all vietnamese.

docgelo said...

used bullets never looked so well until your photo.

this reminds me to visit a museum too here in penang. thanks, dom.

Borneo Falcon said...

I visited a war museum too last month. This type of museum always on top of my list

beero said...

thanks for sharing this post kuya dong. the best yung pic ng bullets!

Mokong™ said...

Nice set of photos Dong Ho... sabi nila ang mga vietnamese daw ang pinakakamukha nating mga pinoy

BlogusVox said...

That war museum is also one way of telling the whole world that despite the odds and face with an adversary far more powerful in terms of military might, one can still be victorious if one has the perseverance and sheer determination to succeed.

fufu said...

wow the museum has been renovated! nice!!! looks clean and neat now :)

Raft3r said...

i met alot us vet who served in vietnam
puro sad stories ang kwento nila

pamatayhomesick said...

may kirot ang bawat kuha mo dong...

SandyCarlson said...

I just had another look and stopped in my tracks when my eyes fell on the guillotine. Goodness...

Pietro said...

Yes, a powerful post indeed. Sad and terrible things. War is the serious, maybe incurable, illness of mankind.

ni├▒abonitanggala said...

this is the most depressing part of our tour, agent orange didn't just kill millions. it also caused genetic mutations to millions of childbearing women resulting to morbid deformities manifested by their children. some babies weren't lucky and got aborted.

nuts said...

eto yung museum na gusto ko pasyalan sa Vietnam,, nagregister sa isip ko yung movie na napanood ko about vietnam war. galing ng mga shots mo talaga!

Daniel Bryan said...

Excellent shots in the war remnant items. Great close up especially on the mortar rounds and gerber knives.

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