Much has been said about the Vietnam War- who lost, who really won, the aftermath, the allies, the ideology or the reason why it started to begin with and the War Remnants Museum of Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) is one of the many example of why the subject of Vietnam War remains one of the most contested topic.
It is one of the few museum in the world where the visitors reaction has been quite mixed, with some saying that it is nothing but a “distorted history” showcasing anti- American propaganda while others praise the museum for simply telling a story of how the war affected and shaped Vietnamese lives.
The outdoor yard is full of period military equipment while the indoor rooms are mainly photography exhibit with text explanations in both Vietnamese and English language.
There is a specific section highlighting America’s decision to use chemical weapons, giving emphasis to chemical weapon called “Agent Orange” and the effects to both exposed Americans and Vietnamese troops and families.
At the end of the day, regardless of what your opinion is, I think visiting Ho Chi Minh City is not complete without spending hours at the War Remnants Museum. It is beyond the reasoning of validating for yourself if the museum presentation is one-sided or not, the most important thing is for every visitor to realize the horrors of war and why it is our individual responsibiliy to ensure that it shall never happen again.