Entrance fee to the museum is 10,000 Dong per pax. Quite cheap.The ground floor is basically more of a dull area with lots of empty sections.One thing significant about this section is the exhibit on the effects of war on the children of Vietnam.Kids are always the most vulnerable casualties of war and you can see through the pictures that they too struggled during the war.
The 2nd and 3rd floors are where things get more interesting.One heartwarming section is the room on Agent Orange.
Agent Orange is the combination of the code names for Herbicide Orange (HO) and Agent LNX, one of the herbicides and defoliants used by the US military as part of its chemical warfare program known as Operation Ranch Hand during the Vietnam War from 1961 to 1971.
This is a vivid account of chemical warfare.Here, you can see how the Vietnam War was fought with dirty tactics.And the effects are not just immediate but also lasting.
There are some criticisms that the exhibits at the museum are one sided.I kinda agree to that.I actually felt it the whole time I was there.Sure, the pictures are real accounts of events but I am sure there is another side of the story.Well, this is Vietnam, and it's their rules.It's nice to see things from another perspective though.After all, di pwedeng America lagi ang bida.
One-sided or not, The War Remnants Museum is the perfect set-off point for the Walking Tour of Ho Chi Minh City.Other than it will give you an understanding of the psyche of the Vietnamese people, it is also nearby other tourist spots like the reunification building and from there to Notre Dame Cathedral and the Central Post Office.
Read the details of our Walking Tour of the city here:
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District 3, Ho Chi Min City Vietnam