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History Museum
“Maison Centrale in Hanoi, also known as Hoa Lo Prison and the "Hanoi Hilton" housed Vietnamese revolutionaries and later American POWs during the Vietnam War. The fortress was once a vase colonial-style prison, most of which was torn down in the 1990s. Visiting today you will find the small southern section resting alongside a hotel and office complex. The prison is still a popular tourist attraction for those on the war history trail. Official records claim inmates numbered in their hundreds although it was not unknown for up to 2,000 prisoners to be crammed into a space for 600 inmates. It was the American prisoners who sarcastically gave the jail its nickname "Hanoi Hilton".”
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“This is a very nice place, so that you can learn everything about Vietnamese people with complete differences in culture. The Vietnam Museum of Ethnology (Vietnamese: Bảo tàng Dân tộc học Việt Nam) is a museum in Hanoi, Vietnam, which focuses on the 54 officially recognised ethnic groups in Vietnam. It is located on a 43,799-square-metre (10.823-acre) property [1] in the Cầu Giấy District, about 8 km from the city center. The Museum is a member of the Vietnam Academy of Social Sciences - an academic institution of the Vietnamese Government.”
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History Museum
“"This excellent modern museum showcases the roles of women in Vietnamese society and culture. Labelled in English and French, it’s the memories of the wartime contribution by individual heroic women that are most poignant. If the glut of information sometimes feels repetitive, for visual stimulation there is a stunning collection of propaganda posters, as well as costumes, tribal basketware and fabric motifs from Vietnam’s ethnic minority groups. Check the website for special exhibitions." says Lonenly Planet. Too great, this museum is too close to walk to, next to the street.”
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Art Museum
“The Vietnam Fine Arts Museum has one of the best and most diverse art collections in the country, and a visit here will provide some good insight into Vietnamese culture and history. ”
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History Museum
“The Ho Chi Minh Museum is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. Constructed in the 1990s, it is dedicated to the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's revolutionary struggle against foreign powers. Ho Chi Minh museum is located in the Ho Chi Minh complex”
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History Museum
“A big museum that still have some antique war items from 1940s. Strongly recommend. ”
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Museum
“It provides a great overview of the history of Vietnam thanks to chronological sequence”
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Museum
“Famous and interested point that the foreigner like. It is about 5 minutes to get there from Ren homestay by car or bike”
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Museum
“The Museum of Vietnamese History is located at 2 Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, Ben Nghe Ward, District 1, in Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam”
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Museum
“National Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in a colonial French building which was completed in 1932. The building, designed by the architect Ernest Hébrard is considered as a successful blend between the colonial French architecture and traditional Vietnamese architecture, called Indochina architecture. He created double-walls and balconies for a natural ventilation system and protection from sunshine. No. 1, Trang Tien Street or No. 25 Tong Dan Street. Admission 15,000 VND Students 8,000 and under 15 just 2,000. Note: 15,000 VND/camera for taking photos. 30,000VND/camera for recording short videos, 400,000VND/camera for recording documentary film.”
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Museum
“The oldest of its kind in Vietnam, Vietnam History Museum was renovated from the French Ecole Française d’Extreme Orient. Vietnam History Museum lies silently on the back of the renowned Hanoi Opera House, at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District. This museum was built in 1926 under the name Louis Finot Museum by the Ecole Française d’Extreme-Orient and finish in 1932. After being taken over by Vietnamese Government, the museum changed its official name to Museum of Vietnam History and opened to the public on 3 September 1958. ••• Vietnam History Museum opens from 8:00am – 16:30pm with a ticket price of VND 20,000 (US$ 1) and a bonus of VND 15,000 (US$ 0.75) if you want to use camera inside the museum. The museum is quite easy to find as it is located right on the back of Hanoi Opera House, at No.1 Pham Ngu Lao Street, Hoan Kiem District.”
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“Easy to spot thanks to a large collection of weaponry at the front, the Military Museum displays Soviet and Chinese equipment alongside French- and US-made weapons captured during years of warfare. The centrepiece is a Soviet-built MiG-21 jet fighter, triumphant amid the wreckage of French aircraft downed at Dien Bien Phu, and a US F-111. Adjacent is the hexagonal Flag Tower, one of the symbols of Hanoi. Access is possible to a terrace overlooking a rusting collection of war matériel (equipment and supplies used by soldiers). Opposite the museum is a small park with a commanding statue of Lenin. Admission 30,000 VND. Camera fee 20,000 VND. Opening hours: 8 - 11.30 AM on Mon, Wed, Fri. 2- 4pm Tue - Thu, Sat & Sun.”
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Public Art
“A unique way! It includes works of art entirely from ceramics. This artwork was created to commemorate 1000 years of Hanoi”
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Museum
“ This museum is run by the Vietnamese military. Inside is a front section of a jet fighter where one can climb in and have a friend take his photo. Outside are numerous pieces of military equipment. There's an abundance of MIGs, helicopters, army trucks, radar, artillery pieces, tanks, etc. For someone who enjoys military memorabilia, this is the place for them. Much of the equipment was given to the Vietnamese by the USSR and one piece even came to them from the Germans by way of the Soviets. One of the pieces is a huge helicopter in back. There's also the wreckage of an American jet aircraft from a carrier.”
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History Museum
“Ho chi minh museum Here you can explore the events of the Vietnam War, you can visit the One Pillar Pagoda. This area is a lot of visitors come to Hanoi. a place not to be missed”
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History Museum
“The Ho Chi Minh Museum is located in Hanoi, Vietnam. Constructed in the 1990s, it is dedicated to the late Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh and Vietnam's revolutionary struggle against foreign powers. Ho Chi Minh museum is located in the Ho Chi Minh complex.”
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