Fodor's Expert Review Ho Chi Minh Museum

Beyond the City Center Museum/Gallery

This example of early French-colonial architecture in Vietnam, nicknamed the Dragon House (Nha Rong), could be considered more interesting than most of the displays within. Sitting by quayside on Ben Nghe Channel, at far end of Ham NghiIt, it was constructed in 1863 as the original French customshouse; any individuals coming to colonial Saigon would have had to pass through the building once they docked at the port. Ho Chi Minh (1890–1969), who was known as Nguyen Sinh Cung as a child, Nguyen Tat Thanh as a schoolboy, and later Nguyen Ai Quoc as well as other aliases, passed through here in 1911 on the way to his 30-year sojourn around Europe and America. Inside are some of his personal belongings, including his journals, fragments of his clothing, and his rubber sandals. Uncle Ho, as he's now affectionately known, was an ascetic type of guy, known for wearing sandals made only from tires; these are now scattered in museums around the country.


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1 Nguyen Tat Thanh
Ho Chi Minh City, Ho Chi Minh City  Vietnam


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Rate Includes: 10,000d, Closed Mon.

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