Quang Trung Museum, Tay Son - review by Rusty Compass
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Quang Trung Museum, Tay Son

| 03 Jun 2012


Quang Trung Museum, Tay Son
Ward 1, Phu Phong, Tay Son District, Binh Dinh

Our rating
03 Jun 2012

One for the committed historian or for those who for some reason stray into this neck of the woods. The museum celebrates an 18th century national hero of the same name - who hailed from Tay Son.

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Quang Trung (aka Nguyen Hue) is one of Vietnam's most revered national leaders. He's the most celebrated leader of the anti-feudal Tay Son rebellion that swept the country from Tay Son village in the late 18th century. He also led his army to victory in a decisive battle with the Chinese in 1798.

His combination of military accomplishment and Robin Hood-like anti corruption, anti-feudal and anti-landlord campaigning have made him a hero to all. His name was borrowed by both sides of Vietnam's post WWII conflict.

Quang Trung's Museum at Tay Son is to this day, a pilgrimage site for national leaders. The garden area around the museum is filled with trees planted by everyone from Truong Chinh (1907 - 1986), Ho Chi Minh's long time number 2, all the way through to the current Prime Minister Nguyen Tan Dung.

The collection is of less interest to the average traveller with limited English captioning of historical pieces and recreations and a fairly basic collection.

Travel tip
Quang Trung's Museum does not warrant the journey from Quy Nhon but it's an optional stop if you're chasing down Cham temples in the area or heading through Tay Son enroute to Pleiku.
Mark Bowyer
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