Where to go on Vietnam Reunification Day

War Remnants Museum

Also known as Liberation Day of Vietnam, the Reunification Day is held to celebrate the liberation of South Vietnam and the victory of Vietnam in Vietnam War. Recalling the victorious history of Vietnamese people, this is one of important holidays in Vietnam. cruise on mekong river

How is Reunification Day celebrated?     

How is Reunification Day celebrated

How is Reunification Day celebrated- source: internet

Nowadays, 30th April is annually celebrated nationwide. All Vietnamese people have a day off to celebrate the important national event. In front of all houses’ doors is a red flag weaving and all city streets are beautified with flags and red banners. The day itself is marked by parades in Ho Chi Minh City and the flag of Vietnam will be flown proudly across the country. Great music shows that perform victorious songs from the war are hosted in most major cities.

Where to go on Vietnam Reunification Day?

War Remnants Museum-A lesson of war

War Remnants Museum

War Remnants Museum- source: internet

Focusing on exhibits relating to the American phase of the Vietnam War, the War Remnants Museum gives you a chance to totally transform your ordinary visit to Ho Chi Minh City to an intellectual yet remarkable tour. mango cruise mekong delta

Nowadays, War Remnants Museum functions as a place to display devastation of the war between Vietnam and the United States from 1961 to 1975. It features several buildings storing disturbing photographs about the traumatizing consequences of napalm and phosphorus bombs and Agent Orange as well as military equipment. Here, pictures about atrocities such as My Lai massacre, a guillotine used by Vietnam’s Southern Government are also exhibited. Moreover, last but not least, three jars of deformed human features pointing out haunting influences of the war on the next generations. In the corner of the yard, a number of unexploded ordnances are stored, seemingly with their charges removed. Not only illustrating a phase of painful history, the museum also tells people, especially Westerners these unknown stories about war. Many preceding travelers have failed to keep their tears in front of the pictures there.

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels

Cu Chi Tunnels- source: internet

About 70 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh City center, Cu Chi Tunnel is one of the greatest works constructed by Vietnamese people as a place for them to hide and live whenever being attacked during wars. The historical site comprises more than 120km of underground tunnels with several command centers, hospitals, trapdoors, storage facilities, living areas, kitchens and armory.

Cu Chi Tunnel is currently one of the most iconic attractions in Ho Chi Minh City, where travelers can enjoy so many interesting activities such as sampling meals that the underground soldiers had to live with years ago, firing an M16 assault rifle as well as following the claustrophobia-inducing routes of the underground army. As the tunnels have been widened with emergency exit points every ten meters for safety and coated with cement, it is not quite the deplorable experience it might have been all these years ago. In spite of the renovation in the construction, you get a sense of what it might have been like during the fierce war when being inside the 100 meters of tunnel.

Before entering the underground tunnels, you will be presented with a short film of the Cu Chi Tunnels so that you can have an understanding of how the tunnel system did actually work. A shooting range on site, where you can fire an M16 rifle, is place to go if you want to experience what a real soldier did.

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace

Reunification Palace- source: internet

Located at No 135 Nam Ky Khoi Nghia Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City – right at one end of Le Duan Street, Reunification Palace (formerly known as Independence Palace), like Long Bien Bridge in Hanoi, has stayed in the mind of many generations of Vietnamese as well as foreigners. It is famous as a history witness which passed during the two severe wars against the American and French colonists. Designed by architect Ngo Viet Thu, the palace, which was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace, is now a landmark in Ho Chi Minh City. This building served as presidential home and workplace when Vietnam was split into South Vietnam and North Vietnam. This palace is vividly remembered in most Vietnamese’s mind as a marked ending to the war, when the North Vietnamese tank crashed its gates on the 30th April, 1975.

Reunification Palace – A witness of history

Reunification Palace - A witness of history

Reunification Palace – A witness of history- source: internet

The architecture of the Reunification Palace is a blend of modern architecture and traditional ritual, typical of the 60s’. However, it is all the historical events related to this building not the design of the complex that attract tourists most. Wandering around its rooms, visitors may be reminded of various important moments in the past of Vietnam, especially basement labyrinth as well as the war command room with its old communication equipment and huge maps. The building now functions as a museum, where visitors can view the F5E fighter plane that bombed the palace on April, 8th 1975 and the tank 843 that led the final attack through the palace gate at 11.30AM on April, 30th 1975.

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