The Army Museum

The Army Museum – 28A Dien Bien Phu

(Closed Mondays and Fridays and at lunch from 11:30-1:00)

After walking or jogging past the museum almost everyday, we finally managed to visit on a sunny Sunday afternoon. The hound stayed at home – too young to really understand…

The Museum follows the military history of Vietnam. First fending off the Chinese again and again, then the resistance and eventual defeat of the French, and finally the war against the Americans and the South, leading to the Unification of the country in 1975.

It is quite an old-fashioned museum but interesting none the less. The downed and captured planes are particularly striking as is a monument made up of various detritus behind which are a collection of cluster bombs…

There are fantastic views from the flag tower.

Cot Co Flag Tower Built in 1812
An early flag – from the period of resistance against the French
Striking photograph of a vietcong girl pulling American plane wreckage out of water
Vietnamese children playing with a machine gun on a tank…

View from the flag tower                                              
The same view at the turn of the century