Whether you’ve been to Vietnam, live there, or have learned about it in school, most adults are familiar with its largest city: Ho Chi Minh. Though not the capital, Ho Chi Minh is a central part to Vietnam commercially and historically. It has a large modern metropolitan area but also many areas of historical importance.
Vietnam is home to a number of areas of historical status, many from the Vietnam War in the middle of the 1900s. One of the biggest historical Vietnam travel sites is the War Remnants Museum. This museum is not for the faint of heart, showing a clear picture of the brutality suffered by the Vietnamese citizens during this wartime. It is a place that shows another side to the story that many Western tourists have never seen before or learned about in their earlier history classes. Western tourists will also be able to read the captions either in Vietnamese or English, ensuring that more people can learn about the history.
Another historical museum to visit when travelling to Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City is the Museum of Vietnamese History. This museum is different from the War Remnants Museum by displaying exhibits about all of Vietnam’s history. Some of the time periods covered in the museum are: the Prehistoric Period, the Metal, Stone, and Bronze Ages, periods of fighting for independence from Chinese rule, and the later dynasties leading up to the 1900s. There are many artifacts displayed and events covered in this museum and it is a very popular travel spot in Vietnam for Western tourists. Just like the War Remnants Museum, captions are written both in Vietnamese and English.
The Independence Palace, or the Reunification Palace, is a historical landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. During the Vietnam War, it was where the President of South Vietnam stayed and worked and it was also where the end event of the war took place. Before that it was relevant in many of the dealings with France before the European country removed its troops from Vietnam in 1954. The Independence Palace was destroyed in 1962 by rebel pilots and was rebuilt to completion in 1966 before it was used during the Vietnam War. Now it remains as a historic landmark, with its old war room in tact and original tanks from the period able to be seen on the grounds of the palace. There are also widespread gardens and many interesting places to view in and outside of the palace. It is a place of importance to visit when travelling to the historical sights in Vietnam.
There is no shortage of historical things to see in Vietnam’s Ho Chi Minh City. The ones listed are only a few of the major ones, but there is still much more in the city to be seen. There are tunnels that were used during the Vietnam War and other historical architectural sites to behold. Travel to Vietnam and visit these sites for yourself! You will return home with a broader worldview and new historical knowledge about Vietnam.