Thursday, January 26, 2012

Saigon War Remnants Museum & Why I Cried

It was day 2 in Saigon, Vietnam. I was feeling better after spending most of the previous day in bed with fever. H and I took the opportunity to do what was on the itinerary - a trip to the War Remnants Museum.
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As the name suggests, what you'll find here are what was left of the long-drawn out US-Vietnam war: Chinooks, tanks, planes, helicopter, mines, and missiles.

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More photos after the jump!

H had a field day looking at all these. After all, you don't see a Chinook everyday (he asked to have his pic taken with it)!

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huge mines

I don't really know what the war was about (for me, there's no justification to any war. nobody wins). H tells me it was a war of ideologies...
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This picture right here was the reason I started to cry...
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I cannot imagine a life during war. The babies, the kids, the quality of life that they had... My grandparents used to tell stories of the 2nd world war, of  running and hiding.

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I do not care who committed these. Whether this is just propaganda or not, bottom line, lives were lost and atrocities committed. A lesson to all of us what war can do to man, what man can do to his fellow human being.

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Effect of Agent Orange.

You have to give it to the Vietnamese for their resilience.

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Better skip this section of the museum if you'd like to avoid the images above.

Third floor of the building - Historic Truths. But I was too disturbed with the photos already, I didn't bother checking it out. I'd seen enough.
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If you still like to check the War Remnants Museum out, the Vietnamese like their lunch breaks so to be on the safe side, best to sched a visit to the museum before 11:30 in the morning or after 1:30 pm in the afternoon.


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