Vietnam Business Capital
Trip Start Nov 05, 2007
58Trip End Jun 22, 2008
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We walked all around the main center stopping at the "Reunification Palace". Built in 1966 to serve as South Vietnam's Presidential Palace, it has been left just as it looked on that day in April 30, 1975 when Saigon surrendered to the North. We also walked to the market and temples in the area (see pictures).
One day trip took us to Cu Chi Tunnels, which were legendary during 1960's for their role in facilitating the Viet Cong control of a large rural area only 20 miles from Saigon. There were over 75 miles of tunnels from the Cambodian border to move men and supplies during the war. You can see how small the tunnels were from my shoe vs. the opening.
Next we stopped at the Caodai Great Temple which was built between 1933 & 1955. This religion is a mix of Confucianism, Taoism and Buddhism fused with popular Chinese beliefs. The pictures and the video show the noon prayers, which included about 100 or so people.