Travel Tips The War Museum SaiGon

Pol Pot’s killing fields are beyond words but they are peaceful. The War Museum SaiGon is like looking at ripped flesh and I suppose that’s what you do there?

the war museum in saigon might not be everyones cup of tea but it is intereting

the war museum in saigon might not be everyones cup of tea but it is interesting

A couple of years ago i made the trip to the war museum in SaiGon. Completely memorable for leaving me feeling like id been on one of the worst and most gut churning rides at the circus. There’s other horror museums of course and other wars, but the War Museum Saigon is not for the faint hearted nor is it for the curious nor probably any one at all. Pol Pot’s killing fields are beyond words but they are peaceful. The War Museum SaiGon is like looking at ripped flesh and I suppose that’s what you do there?

Recommended by THE PEG REPORT for enlightening one to how low the human race can go and remain doing it for sustained periods; and leaving the visitor with a bad case of what feels like car sickness.

There’s display cases of weapons, mines and munitions. Enough differant kinds of machine-guns and killing devices to satisfy the biggest war appetite.

 

eat your heart out Dr strangelove; going all the way with LBJ

eat your heart out Dr strangelove; going all the way with LBJ

Im left with these impressions; of walking into what could easily have been the asphalt grounds of a modern primary school. Instead of lines of children on the assembly area there were rows of jets, helicopters, tanks and weapons. Wandering around these things wasnt too bad. You could pretend you were in a set of MASH. Standing next to the guns and taking photos with friends next to huge helicopter guns ships and jets was kind of neat. Theres displays of big machine guns and differant kinds of bombs. You can jump the little fence and hop on a huge bomb and pretend you are a character in Dr Strangelove.

There is some incredible posters and just amazing to see how much protest there was from all around the world. 

young Vietnamese looking at work by children effected by war

young Vietnamese looking at work by children effected by war

Things get serious as soon as you walk inside the building. You notice the Vietnamese children straight away for some reason, well i did. There was a young Vietnamese couple looking at one of the anti war posters and I had to look away from them. I couldn’t help feeling the X enemy (even though I definitely didnt want to go to that war and my mother told me to go to jail instead.) One wanders about looking at the guns,  weapons and documentation with misguided enthusiasm. From room to room alls well it just a museum.

But theres more; My Lai, Thanh Phong, Tu Cung, ect,  .., it just gets worse and worse. Photos, statements, agent orange …

Theres enough guns in this museum to satisfy the most enthusiastic gun freak. I was surprised how boring it was. Id waited all my life to see a collection of guns like that?

Theres enough guns in this museum to satisfy the most enthusiastic gun freak. I was surprised how boring it was. Id waited all my life to see a collection of guns like that?

There’s display cases of weapons, mines and munitions. Enough differant kinds of machine-guns and killing devices to sate the biggest war appetite. I thought I’d find them more interesting. The walls in one room had anti war posters from all around the world and posters from VietNam too. There is some incredible posters and just amazing to see how much protest there was from all around the world. Its here one starts to get emotional but that doesnt prepare you for what’ upstairs.

The Vietnamese were my friends and had always protected me. This museum was like looking at someone run over by a tank and as a matter of fact there was a photo there of that too. I couldnt believe this happened to my friends and their families.

the horror just kept coming and you couldnt believe how low humanity could go and sustain it.

the horror just kept coming and you couldnt believe how low humanity could go and sustain it.

Upstairs are the memories burned into us from the TV everynight when we were children (unless you were in Vietnam and surrounding countries). The little girl running from the burning village herself burnt from napalm. The VN officer on the city street pointing a pistol at a cringing VC as the bullet is impacting his head.  But theres more; My Lai, Thanh Phong, Tu Cung, ect,  .., it just gets worse and worse. Photos, statements, agent orange and US GIs completely losing it.

 

The death toll was starting to take its toll and the ways people were killing each other was horrifying.

I staggered on through the display cases of mines and bombs and general mayhem.

 

what an absolute horror. nothing prepares one for the assault of the mind at this museum.

what an absolute horror. nothing prepares one for the assault of the mind at this museum.

It wasnt long before i was crying. That was ok it proved i was human and others around me were horrified or crying too.  I bravely moved onto the next room and was again assaulted by the horror. I started feeling sick about this time. My friend and I had entered the Museum building about 60 minutes before. Photos of victims of agent orange, complete destruction and illegal massacre by GIs seeking revenge. Untold horror. I couldnt understand how this could be real. Id lived with Vietnamese. 

 

 

... the horror just kept on going i was feeling like i was car sick

… the horror just kept on going i was feeling like i was car sick

The Vietnamese were my friends and had always protected me. This museum was like looking at someone run over by a tank and as a matter of fact there was a photo there of that too. I couldnt believe this happened to my friends and their families. I staggered on through the display cases of mines and bombs and general mayhem. I cant even remember the specifics at this stage i was getting physically sick.

 

horror and more horror i was getting physically sick

there was only so much i could bare so i left before i saw everything. I mean there was even more much more but too much for me

 

By now id just about stopped taking any photos out of respect for any thing good in the world.

I felt like i was losing control. There was more to see but i told my friend id meet him downstairs. I had to get some air. Enough!

 

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war gets the thumbs down from me

So, the War Museum in SaiGon. What do I think? Stay away, theres much better things to do in VietNam. You might want to take a  peak if you need to remind yourself what PEACE is all about.

 

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