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Ho Chi Minh Museum, Hanoi

| 12 Jan 2010
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12 Jan 2010

Such is this man's role in Vietnam's national story, there is a Ho Chi Minh Museum in every town of any scale across the country. A student of propaganda might be inclined to visit several. Most travellers though will be content to get their dose of the great man's story here alongside his Mausoleum and house on stilts in Hanoi, his capital.

The none too subtle Soviet hand is visible all over Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Museum was the Soviet Union's parting gesture of international socialist fraternity before it self destructed in 1989. As with the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the museum's designers claim alarmingly to have been inspired by the lotus flower in the creation of their structure.

Photo: Mark BowyerThe collection is modern and visually interesting but the English language translation is limited
The Ho Chi Minh Museum is unique in Vietnam in scale and in the style of its presentation. Like most museums in the country, it leaves foreign visitors hungry for more information. Still, its presentations are eye catching, provocative and more modern than most in the country so it entertains even where it fails to inform.
Mark Bowyer
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