The first stop in our tour was the War Remnants Museum. As said in the name of the place itself, it houses the remnants of the Vietnamese War that happened during the 1960s. You need to pay 15,000 Vietnamese Dong to enter the museum.
On the grounds of the museum, you will see replicas of the different vehicles and military equipment used during the American involvement in the Vietnamese war. They are all displayed outside.
On the open air first floor of the building, you will see a lot of propaganda supporting Vietnam. They all want the US presence to be diminished and they want the US to not participate in the said war. They also hold an exhibit for children’s art pertaining to peace and anti-war support.
On the second floor was a display of photos pertaining to American war crimes. They depicted how the American soldiers treated the Vietnamese in general. There were photographs of people being dragged by tanks and a soldier holding body parts after being blasted by bombs.
On the third floor was a section dedicated to the Agent Orange mission. Agent Orange was a chemical that was introduced to deprive guerillas of food and cover so they wanted to clear the vegetation around the cities. This brought about different genetic malfunctions to the generations born after the war.
You will learn a lot from the museum itself. They have a lot of stories to tell and you’d realize how the Americans treated the Vietnamese. However, I feel like this is a bit anti-American in a way. Of course, this is a war. The Americans aren’t the only ones doing the damage. There should also be the part where we learn how the Vietnamese avenged their losses.
The museum is depressing especially when you learn the effects of the war and Agent Orange. The good thing though is that the Vietnamese seemed to bounce back easily as this happened not too long ago. And as one local said, they forgive easily because of their belief in karma. The towns affected by the war and the chemical warfare seemed to have recovered and are back to the natural order of things.