Ho Chi Minh City, previously called Saigon, was named after the Vietnamese communist revolutionary leader who led and established the communist-ruled Democratic Republic of Vietnam who defeated the French Union. It used to be the capital of South Vietnam until the reunification of Vietnam in 1976.
The breakfast for the day officially marked my first foreign meal and since it was a buffet, I made the most of it particularly the coffee. I tried several coffee mishmash and true enough, the aroma, the taste and the experience was truly one of a kind. All credits to our lovely small hotel, the Saigon Sports Hotel which is now named Sen Hotel Saigon. For best rates, check this link.
With tummies filled, we were ready for our itinerary of the day. Actual rundown as follows:
10am – War Remnants Museum
12nn – Thien Hau Temple
2pm – late lunch
3pm – Lacquer Workshop
330pm – Reunification Palace
4pm – Notre Dame Cathedral
430pm – Central Post Office
6pm -- Pong Yang Water Puppet Show
730pm – dinner at Nha Hanh Ngon830pm – Ben Thanh Market
The War Remnants Museum
The War Remnants Museum is a three-storey building that houses the collections of artilleries, armories, aircrafts, unexploded ordinances, bombs, tanks, pictures, etc. The pictures speak for itself - like a real recollection of the sufferings and sacrifices that the Vietnamese underdone during the Vietnam War. <rest of the story>
The Thien Hau Temple
The temple is dedicated to Thien Hau or the Lady of the Sea. Small figurines adorned the roof while lanterns hang at the entrance. The pink prayer flags contain the name of the people who made donations for the upkeep of the temple.
- A factory of shell carving (pearl shell or egg-shell). The tour started from the orientation of the process, the actual workshop area, the cleaning area, and then the gallery. According to them, the disabled and unemployable workforces are the priority employees for the said factory.
The Reunification Palace
From Wikipedia: It was formerly known as Independence Palace and was built on the site of the former Norodom Palace. It was the home and workplace of the President of South Vietnam during the Vietnam War. It was also the site of the end of Vietnam War during the Fall of Saigon on 1975 when a North Vietnamese Army tank crashed through its gates.
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