Sunday, April 19, 2015

Hanoi - Ho Chin Minh Museum

Date: 1st January 2015

Ho Chi Minh Museum is located at 19 Ngoc Ha St, Ba Dinh, not far from Ho Chin Minh Mausoleum. You are advised to walk from the mausoleum to the museum like we did as the 2 places are within the same neighborhood. The museum is open from 8.00 am till 11.30 am, closed for lunch and re-open back for 2 hours at 2.00 pm till 4.00 pm. An entrance fee is 25,000 vietnamese dong per pax as displayed on the ticket counted located next to the entrance door.

There's 2 different effect of the external and internal looks. On the external facade, the gleaming white museum and its gloriously ham-handed iconography are the perfect chaser to the solemnity of the mausoleum. Inside are more dim and surprisingly a lot more grandeur. The building, completed in 1990, is intended to evoke a white lotus. 

Some photos and old letters are on display on the second floor, but the main exhibition space is on the third floor. It includes cars crashing through walls to represent the chaos of post-war American capitalism, soldiers charging around with electric plugs, a cave hideout re-imagined as the inside of Ho Chi Minh's brain, and several other post-modern confections integrated with the main story of the man's life and his country's struggle.

It is one of the more informative museums in Vietnam, albeit with a high dose of personality cult and political propaganda. Guides are available in English, French, Chinese and Russian, but we both were relying only on the displays that are properly labelled in English and French to understand about the history and the fight of Vietnam people for their independence. 

The museum is equipped with all facilities for its visitors, i.e. clean toilets, restaurants and gift short. For those who wishes to know more about Ho Chin Minh are welcome to buy a biography as well as other articles and magazines written about him. I'm sharing the rest of the areas and a piece of arts worthy to see for your viewing pleasure.

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