Understanding (and appreciating) Ho Chi Minh
We started our Vietnam journey from the South, but to be able to understand Uncle Ho, his works, vision, and ideology it is best to go up north to Ho Chi Minh museum in Ha Noi.
Built in 5 years with USSR aid, it was opened in 1990 to commemorate the 100 years birthday of him. The museum covered a huge 10,000 m² area, and are divided into several themes according to his life. The main showroom exhibits more than 2,000 documents, articles and pictures with very artistic display which I assume depict the fine art of Soviet Union.
After a tight security check (where we will need to leave all bags behind – I even had to leave my camera back- and go though metal detectors) we will be greeting by Ho Chi Minh statue in the main assembly hall. From here the first room is filled with early historical moments behind glasses. It is beyond this point that art started to dominate. The inclusion of art into the exhibits (and the clever lighting) make the museum warm yet calm when displaying the war memorabilia.
At the end of the exhibits we can enter a small hall to watch video of the development Vietnam has gone so far from three different LCD TVs side by side simultaneously.
I would usually skip museums when visiting countries, but this is one museum that is much well worth visiting. I would hope to come again one day and learn more….