Vietnam's most celebrated figure
Set all alone on the banks of the Saigon River, and unsurprisingly boasting sweeping views of said river, the Ho Chi Minh Museum is dedicated to the country’s most celebrated figure.
Not to be confused with the Ho Chi Minh City Museum, Ho Chi Minh Museum celebrates the President’s work through documents, a few belongings and many photos befitting of a President: Ho Chi Minh with the common people, doctors, workers, famers, children, leaders, signing and giving handshakes.
There are captions but no bulk information in English and while Ho Chi Minh is an absolutely fascinating person, you are much better off reading up on his life as you won’t glean much from here. We also received an excellent brief on his life on Sophie’s Art Tour. Prior knowledge and a keen interest in Uncle Ho seems essential to getting something from this particular museum visit.
The building itself and the wharf has an interesting history. Built in 1863, it was the headquarters of French merchant shipping company Compagnie de messageries maritimes and Saigon was their crucial port. Note the four dragons on the roof which you often find on temple roofs: it became known as “the Dragon House” and the wharf “the Dragon House Wharf”.
The wharf was also used by another company Chargeurs reunis. On June 1911, a 21-year old man set sail on one of the company’s steamers as kitchen help. His name was Nguyen Tat Thanh and it would be 30 years before he returned to Vietnam as Ho Chi Minh, a leader of a revolution. A museum on the spot where he left is quite poetic, and though the riverfront is now full of skyscrapers, take a moment to imagine a young man on a boat, setting a course for changing the world.
Address: 1 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, District 4
T: (028) 3825 574;
Coordinates (for GPS): 106º42'21.89" E, 10º46'7.17" N
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Admission: Foreigners 10,000 dong, locals 2,000 dong
Cindy Fan is a Canadian writer/photographer and author of So Many Miles, a website that chronicles the love of adventure, food and culture. After falling in love with sticky rice and Mekong sunsets, in 2011 she uprooted her life in Toronto to live la vida Laos. She’s travelled to over 40 countries and harbours a deep affection for Africa and Southeast Asia. In between jaunts around the world, she calls Laos and Vietnam home where you'll find her traipsing through rice paddies, standing beside broken-down buses and in villages laughing with the locals.
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