Tourist Attractions & Sightseeing Ho Chi Minh City Vietnam
Museums in Ho chi minh City
History Meseum in Ho Chi Minh City ( Bao Tang Lich Su)
2 Nguyen Binh Khiem , District 1
The History Meseum is located in Thao Cam Vien Park. The house was inaugurated in January 1929, when it was initially called Muse Blanchard de la Bosse. Here are exhibited antique items such as Ngo Quyen’s stakes from the Bach Dang River battle, stone steles, Buddha statues, and other ancient ceramic and ivory articles, bronze drums, gongs etc. There is an entire hall with Oc Eo Civilization ( approximately the 5th century) exhibit. At the back of the building on the third floor is a research library with numerous books on Indochina from the French period. It is open from 8 to 11.30 am and 1 to 4pm from Tuesday to Sunday.
Art Museum in Ho Chi Minh City ( Bao Tang My THuat)
97A Pho Duc Chinh , District 1
This light, spacious coloial building, with an exceptional antiquated lift, is a meeting point for Ho Chi Minh City’s artists, who exhibit at a small gallery opening on to the garden. On the first floor, a variable collection of contemporary art includes lacquerwork, woodcuts, carved wood panels and numerous depictions of Vietnam War. The second floor displays a more inspiring collection of antiques, including Buddhist statuary ( above all a very beautiful gilded statue of Quan Am, the Goddess of Mercy), porcelain, carved architectural framents, inlaid boxes and hardwood furniture.Open: Tue- Sun 7.30-4.30
Revolutionary Museum in Ho Chi Minh City ( Bao tang Cach Mang )
65 Ly Tu Trong , District 1
Open : Tue-Sun 8-11.30, 2-4.30
Located in a building more than 100 years old at 65 Ly Tu Trong Street ( on the corner with Nam Ky Khoi Nghia ), the Revolutionary Museum used to be the Governor of Cochinchina Palace, and then the office of the imperial delagate of the King. Numerous pictures and exhibits related to the struggle against French colonialism and American aggressors can be seen along with images related to the general uprising at Mau Than Spring ( 1968) and the historical Ho Chi Minh Campaign ( 1975) to loberate the country.
Reunification Palace / Reunification Hall ( Hoi Truong Thong Nhat /Dinh Thong Nhat)
Nam Ky Khoi Nghia, district 1
Open daily 7.30 – 10.30, 1-4
Prominently located in the city’s District 1 is a buiding that symbolizes, to the Communists, the decadence of the Saigon regime. The former Presidential Palace of the South Vietnam is now called Thong Nhat, and is open as a museum. It is frequently used as a setting for lavish parties and receptions for foreign companies introducing their products to Vietnam.
Surrounded by large gardens, this large modern edifice rests on the site of the former French governor’s residence, the Norodom Palace, which dated back to 1868. After the Geneva Agreenment put an end to French occupation, the new president of South Vietnam, Ngo Dinh Diem, installed himself in the palace.
In 1963, the palace was bombed by South Vietnamese air force officer and a new building known as the Independence Palace was erected to replace the damaged structure. The present structure was designed by Ngo Viet Thu, a Paris-trained Vietnamese architect, and completed in 1966. The left wing of the palace was damaged by another renegade pilot in early 1975( he now flies commercial jets for Vietnam Airline), and before the month was out, on April 30, tanks from the Communist forces crashed through the front wrought-iron gates of the palace and overthrew the South Vietnamese government.
Today, the former palace can be visited as a museum, with everything left much as it was on 30 April 1975. The ground floor includes : the banquet room; the state chamber, from where the South Vietnamese government surrendered; and the cabinet room, which was used for the daily military briefings during the period leading up to the overthrow of the South Vietnamese government.
On the first floor is President Tran Van Huong’s reception room and President Thieu’s reception and residential domain, complete with a Catholic chapel, dining room and bedroom. The second floor hosts the reception rooms of the president’s wife. A private theater and a helipad are found on the third floor, which commands an excellent view over Le Duan Boulevard.
Nha Tho Duc Ba – Notre Dame Cathedral
Further down Le Duan is the Cathedral of Our Lady . Notre Dame Cathedral is a magnificant building located in the heart of the city. The cathedrak is on Han Thuyen Road, facing down Dong Khoi Road. It was built between October 1877 and April 1880 in a French style at a cost of 2.5 million French francs. The cathedral was named Notre Dame with the approval of the Vatican during ceremonies held in December 1959. Its neo-Romanesque architecture with two 40m high square towers, tipped with iron spires, that dominate the city’s sky line. In front of the cathedral is a statue of the Virgin Mary. The door is always locked. For foreigner, try to attend the cathedral at 9.30 on Sunday mass.