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Ancient Citadel Gates, Xo Viet Museum, War Vestiges

If you have nothing better to do in Vinh, a quick and easy cultural tour is available.

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Find Dao Tan Street, which is just north of the Saigon Kimlien Hotel and head east. Along the road on the right you'll find an American plane and a missile sitting in front of a government building. Along the road you'll also pass through pretty much all that remains of Vinh's ancient citidal -- two stone gates, the left gate and the right gate. On the same road is the Xo Viet Nghe Tinh Museum. It's a small museum detailing the struggles of the Vietnamese revolutionary movement during the French occupation. There's a heavy emphasis on inconsequential artefacts, as well as pictures and biographies of martyrs and heroes most travellers will have never heard of. But there are a few disturbing photos of revolutionaries being imprisoned by the French or executed by firing squad. There's also a black-and-white photo on the second floor that gives a good sense of what the Citadel looked like before it was destroyed -- an impressive star-shaped fortress that must have been a sight to see in its day.

Last updated on 16th December, 2007.

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