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Ho Chi Minh Museum

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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.

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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.

Plenty to absorb, but ... Photo taken in or around Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

Plenty to absorb, but ... Photo: Cindy Fan

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”.

... not a substitute for a good book. Photo taken in or around Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam by Cindy Fan.

... not a substitute for a good book. Photo: Cindy Fan

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 ... Travelfish members only (Around 200 more words) ... please log in to read the rest of this story.

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Ho Chi Minh Museum
1 Nguyen Tat Thanh, Ward 12, District 4
Tu–Su: 07:30–11:30 & 13:30–17:00
T: (028) 3825 574 
Admission: Foreigners 10,000 dong, locals 2,000 dong

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