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"Museum of military history" Top 5 Page for this destination Hanoi Things to Do Tip by kokoryko

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If you visit the flag tower, go to the nearby military history museum (or vice versa)
History reveals sometimes strange (and funny) links: the museum of military history occupies former barracks of the French army and it is located on Dien Bien Phu avenue; Dien Bien Phu was the decisive battle, won by famous General Giap which led the colonialists to leave the country.
As you have to pay for both the museum and Flag tower, visit both. I am not at all fond of military stuffs in general, do not like strategies (except when playing chess!), weapons, generals, stupid fights, glorification of bloodsheds and blood shedders. . . etc. But Vietnam fought for independence, and this deserves respect! I had a quick visit to this museum where of course, Uncle Ho looks at the entering visitors.
There are two main sections in this museum, an inside section where mainly artefacts of old history are displayed along with more recent documents from the Liberation war; outside are big weapons mainly and American aircrafts (anachronism, these did not fly during the Vietnam war!), a helicopter (this one is not an anachronism!) and a strange sculpture made with aircraft wrecks. Canons and other older deadly machines. . . . I spent less than one hour in this museum. . . . preferred to go on top of the flag tower and look around.

Cannon and a Mig on the second picture
Rifles on the third picture
Old and modern cannons on the fourth picture
Aircrafts, helicopter, tanks, and the strange sculpture on the last picture.

Entrance: 20.000 Dong
Opening hours are; 8-00am to 11-30am, 1-00pm to 4-30pm.
Closed Monday and Friday

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  • Written Jan 19, 2008
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