Pleiku’s two bao tang or museums leave much to be desired for visitors.
It doesn’t take long to go through the Gia Lai museum and Ho Chi Minh museum, both located on the same strangely deserted grounds. The Gia Lai museum contains stone tools, Cham artefacts, jars and laughably bad dioramas depicting ethnic minority life. There are no explanations in English. We’d love to tell you what is on the second floor but the lights were switched off and it was pitch dark inside the exhibition room. The Ethnologic Museum in Buon Ma Thuot is vastly superior; visit that, not this. Open Tuesday to Sunday 08:00-11:00, 13:30-16:30, admission 10,000 dong.
The saving grace of the Ho Chi Minh Museum is that it’s free. The museum is dedicated to the Communist revolutionary leader, specifically his involvement in the Central Highlands during the war. Though the captions are only in Vietnamese and Jarai, the staff did turn on the lights and fans for us so we could take a gander at the black and white photos. Open Monday-Friday, 07:30-10:30, 13:30-16:00.
The museums are wedged between Phan Dinh Phung and Pham Van Dong Street. There are a few entrances to the gated grounds, but try the one on Pham Van Dong.
By Cindy Fan.
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