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War Remnants Museum

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Just few blocks from Reunification Palace, Ho Chi Minh City’s War Remnants Museum is a confronting look at the brutality of war.

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Opened in 1975, the museum has had a few names including the original “Exhibition House for US and Puppet Regime Crime” and “The Crime of War of Aggression”. Name games aside, it is obviously a one-sided presentation though no less harrowing or important display of the American War in Vietnam.

Easy to find. Photo taken in or around War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Easy to find. Photo: Cindy Fan

Military equipment are on display outside, while inside the building, exhibitions are spread across three floors.

On the third floor, Requiem is the strongest aspect of the museum. The photography exhibition shows the work of international correspondents/war photographers who died in action. It stems from a project curated by Tim Page and Horst Fass, two press photographers who were injured in Vietnam. Their original exhibition and book had thousands of photographs taken by 133 photographers, commemorating all press photographers who died in the war regardless of nationality or political ... Travelfish members only (Full text is around 600 words.)

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