The Binh Dinh Museum

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What we say: 3.5 stars

There's a small museum in Qui Nhon, just south of the Saigon-Quynhon Hotel on Nguyen Hue, near the intersection with Le Loi. Museum-going in Vietnam is pretty hit or miss outside Hanoi or Saigon, but we found this one worth a look. To the right as you enter is a gallery dedicated to the local Communist Party's struggle during the war with American. Some of the objects on display are humorously inconsequential: limepot of heroic war mother Tran Thi Nhi, Radio of heroic war mother Le Thi Dinh, spittoon of heroic war mother Dang Thi Ruong. But among them are some more interesting war objects, especially the photos with legends in English giving a pretty interesting picture of Vietnam's struggles during the war, and more than anything, the Vietnamese government's approach to remembering it -- the South Vietnamese troops are 'puppet soldiers' and Americans are all 'imperialist invaders.' Qui Nhon is also where a large number of South Korean troops landed and fought, in case you forgot that they fought in the war too.

The centre of the gallery is dedicated to the slightly-less interesting French Colonial period, and the gallery on the left features some well-preserved Cham sculpture. In fact, they have so many Cham relics on hand they don't know what to do with them: they are piled in stacks outside the museum. You may take one as a free parting gift. Not really. Admission is free. Open daily.

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Nguyen Hue, Qui Nhon
Opening Hours: Summer: 07:00 to 11:00, 14:00 to 17:00 Winter: 7:30 to 11:00, 13:30 to 16:30
Last updated: 23rd July, 2007

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