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War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City

Moving museum about the Vietnam War

Entrance to the museum

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The War Remnants Museum is one of Ho Chi Minh City’s (Saigon) most visited attractions and it’s easy to see why. Paying tribute to and sharing the story of the tragic Vietnam war, it’s an incredibly moving and expertly curated insight into the turbulent recent history of the country.

Outside the museum there are a number of military machines left by the Americans after their withdrawal from Vietnam. Inside, the museum guides you through a thematic exploration of the war and it’s disastrous impacts. As the first war to have been extensively documented by journalists and photographers, the museum communicates largely through the use of incredibly powerful and often distressing imagery. Particularly in relation to ‘Agent Orange’ and the ongoing impacts, it’s very hard viewing.

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There’s no sugarcoating this truly violent period that Vietnam faced and visitors need to be aware that the experience, whilst incredibly important and worthwhile, is also deeply upsetting. It’s a truly outstanding museum and an essential visit whilst staying in Ho Chi Minh City; Vietnam’s history must be shared and remembered when enjoying this beautiful country.

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