A Walk In History - Saigon Style

Thursday, June 09, 2011

Hello everyone!
I do hope u enjoyed the previous post on Ho Chi Minh becoz this time - Im taking you to the museum of Mr Ho Chi Minh the man himself!

Ho Chi Minh was a Vietnamese Marxist revolutionary leader who was prime minister (1945–1955) and president (1945–1969) of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam). He was a key figure in the formation the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945, as well as the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the National Liberation Front (NLF) during the Indochina Wars until his death in 1969.

Looking at the map in the hotel!
It was our last day in Saigon so we decided to take a look at the national museums around the city.



We took a taxi ( taxis are generally cheap there but u have to be careful of rogue drivers) and arrived...

To see Mr Ho Chi Minh waving at us in a poster!



Thank you ClubCouture for my bohemian gypsy flora dress!







This museum depicts the life and work of Ho Chi Minh, the founder of Vietnam.
From his family, to his village, to his life abroad - the museum has many relics and pictures showing a young Ho Chi Minh til his death in 1969.



Next we went back to the city and to another museum!
On the way.. another French Colonial building.



Here we are ... !
Ho Chi Minh City Museum.

The building now occupied by the museum was built during the French colonial era and was the residence of high-ranking French colonial officers. Called Gia Long Palace before the Fall of Saigon, it was the residence of President of the Republic of Vietnam Ngô Đình Diệm from 27 February 1962 onwards.



We saw many young couples posing for their wedding pictures here, and its not hard to see why.
The place has an old charm feel - with its lush greenery on the outside and the Victorian marble, u immediately feel transported to another era once u walk into the compound.





The first thing I saw was this baby!



I fell in love with it at first sight!
Imagine being in the 1940s - where Asia was a mix of old and new.
And this car would be the ultimate Western symbol of luxury, becoz it was so rare to own one back then.



Walking in.





On the inside, this museum is about the demographics of Vietnam and their main source of income and the way people lived.



The bicycle is a common way of transportation for the people of Vietnam.





This staircase was so popular among the wedding couples!
Although u cant see it here, but there were clothes, makeup kits, lighting props, snacks and drinks at the bottom of the staircase where the entourage kept all the stuff essential for a wedding shot!





Going out .. I went to take picture with the lovely vintage car again!



What a beauty!



And then a cute rickshaw before we left for lunch!



We went to Ben Thahn Market again!
But not for shopping ... we went there for the most famous beef pho shop!



Its called "Pho for the President" becoz Bill Clinton came here for beef noodles before!



I was estatic!
Becoz I was starving and it was soooo hot outside I was dying for an iced drink!





It was pretty good!





After our delicious lunch, we proceeded to out last stop!
Reunification Palace!



Formerly known as Independence Palace, built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam. It was designed by architect Ngô Viết Thụ and was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was the site of the end of the Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on April 30, 1975, when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.



It was pretty much left exactly the same!
The chairs and tables were the ones used to welcome foreign dignitaries in the past.



This helicopter is a replica of the one the President used to have.







And then we went to local cafe before heading back to our hotel!



Frankly its the best iced coffeed I have ever tried!
Thick and creamy.. it was a heavenly respite in the blazing heat!



Soon it was time to go home.
At the airport.



Checking-in!



Goodbyeeeee everyone!
I hope u have a great weekend ahead~
And thank you for being here.
:)

xoxo
elaine73



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Ok bye bye everyone!
Tomorrow I want to go GSS u noe?
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