Visiting The Historical Architecture Of Saigon
Trip Start Jul 20, 2011
10Trip End Jul 24, 2011
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Where I stayed
Bongsen Hotel Ho Chi Minh City
Read my review - 4/5 stars
Read my review - 4/5 stars
This museum has a collection of weapons and photographs which clearly depicts the entire 30 year war that happened in Vietnam. Once one goes through this place, you would have a clear picture of the chronology of events that happened and the repercussions that followed after the war that left the country financially broke and emotionally scarred.
There is also a collection of great newspaper articles that was published during the war era from various countries in the region. This is complemented by the photographs of the victims and the bombings. Surely, after going through this musem, one would feel sad on Vietnam's past and one would wonder how these guys picked themselves up after the war and marched forward, unlike Cambodia which still is in a saddening state.
From the War Remnants Museum, the next destination was the Notre Dame Cathedral also known as The Hundred Years Red Cathedral. Generally, after Buddhism, Catholicism is the second largest religion in Vietnam. This is a beautiful church built by the french in 1300's. unfortunate we could not go in and take photographs as it was locked.
The next building was right beside the Church, its the Old Post Office, once again built in 1336 I think. This was also built by the French. At first look, I thought that this was the Railway Station and was suprised to know that it is the Post Office and is still in operations.
Inside, the architecture was still maintained well, just like how it was left by the French Government. The tiles, all French, were in an immaculate condition and I am sure they would fetch a huge price to buy them today, if at all they are still in production.
The rest of the day, since I was pretty tired, I just stay in the room and got some rest until it was time for dinner. As for dinner, we head to this French themed Vietnamese Restaurant called Chateau Restaurant. Here I had the set menu which cost me USD 10. The menu was good and worth the price. I think the guys in this restaurant give great importance to the appearence of the food as well as every dish was well designed with edible items. The presentation was simply great. IIn fact I think this restaurant must be quite famous as it was filled with foreigners though it is 3 stories, all levels were full house.
After dinner, I just walked around the hotel area for while and then bought another local beer to try back in the room.