Agent Orange and The Vietnam War at War Remnants Museum, Ho Chi Minh City, Vietnam

war remnants museum“Photographs found on the body of a dead North Vietnamese soldier. Show him in the dress uniform of a North Vietnamese soldier and his wife or sweeetheart.” – Francis Bailly, 1970.

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.

War Remnants Museum is a war museum made up of series theme rooms with exhibits mainly related to the American phase of Vietnam War.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

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.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

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.

The first floor exhibits are more about the photographs and posters depicting the international community call to end the Vietnam War.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

While the succeeding floor exhibit contains disturbing graphical images of torture and death.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

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.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

The section of the museum that I like the most which I believe provided the most powerful view of Vietnam War is the Photography display of several war journalists.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

“A Vietnamese mother and her children wade across the river to escape bombs from a U.S air strike.” – Kyoichi Sawada, 1966 Pulitzer Prize- winning photograph.
hcmc war remnants museum

“Specialist 5 James E. Callahan applied mouth to mouth resuscitation in an effort to keep the soldier alive. The effort failed.” – Henri Huet, 1967.
hcmc war remnants museum

The last section of the museum shows the efforts taken and the recovery of Vietnam from the aftermath of the war.
hcmc war remnants museum
hcmc war remnants museum

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.

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