Thursday, June 6, 2013

War Remnants Museum - Ho Chi Minh City (Vietnam)


Utterly brain wrecking. Utterly devastating. Emotional as well. You can’t help but be grateful for the imperfect things you have in life. More importantly, you will thank god for not having gone through the war era and war zone. Imagine? Imagine what it would have been like? Losing your love ones, literally starving to death, hiding in dark holes, and maybe, being the torture victim of war era. War is merciless, isn’t it? It is. Come to think of it, I actually can’t imagine if I would have stayed alive during Vietnam War. Really grateful I am, not to say I don’t appreciated what I have, I do, but upon spending the first 10 minutes in War Remnants Museum, I sincerely, you know what, I couldn’t help but feel sorry for the millions who suffered during Vietnam War.


A long test of endurance, determination and will power, if not all, some I believe are still going through mental torture and health torture till this day. As it is, my morning start in ReunificationPalace/Independent Palace sort of rekindled my sad feelings, in War Remnants Museum, to tell you the truth, tear drops were on the verge of dropping. How can I don’t possibly emphasize or even sympathize for those who died for their country, for those who fought the war and for everyone who suffered massively, including the innocent young ones who were born during Vietnam War or thereafter. Bullets, guns, explosion, destruction, fire, blood, disastrous “Agent Orange”, birth defects and disability, all knotted and tied to Vietnam War.  


Vietnam definitely has bounced back from where it was during the years and years of war, I better shut my big fat mouth instead of complaining how unfair life is. If Vietnamese people can pick up the pieces to move on despite suffering during Vietnam War, which by far I know wouldn’t have been easy, some things are easier said than done I suppose, what am I complaining about? Each evident, each memoir, in fact whatever salvaged from the war era, cleanly and clearly displayed in the different sections in War Remnants Museum. 









You must see all of it, you also shouldn’t miss the "Tiger Cages" outside. Oh-my-what-a-hell. We humans, you mean we can become so barbaric, brutal and worse than devils during War? Unbelievable. Merciless war. Tiger Cages, I think is the most sickening and tortures war prison chamber. Why speak about hell when hell is right here in Tiger Cages, where political prisoners considered "stubborn" by the Saigon authorities were literally tortured alive. 10 minutes the most, and once you walk out from this not really a big area, I bet you will be lost for words.










Honestly, I was literally dazed. I went like silence in golden. I didn’t utter a single word once I stepped out and met some of my tour buddies who were already awaiting at the entrance. We started at each other, and then slowly broke the ice by mutually agreeing to “let’s be grateful for what we have”.   





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11 comments:

  1. you have so much to explain...loved your post nava

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  2. ohhh.even my head is spinning after reading this...

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  3. very nice post with loads of info...

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  4. Burying prisoners alive is the worst of all, as if the rest is tolerable - but seriously I'm glad we are not living in those crippled and morally insane time period.
    Detention camps in any county has horrendous stories to tell!! I can never forget the movie I saw based on Auschwitz concentration camp!!
    Hmmm... history!
    By the by, very intricate clicks!!

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  5. I must say it again...love your coverage on Vietnam! Keep it up Nava!

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  6. Nava, I saw a movie few years ago named "Kala Pani" which showed how the freedom fighters were tortured by British in cellular jail. The movie was an eye opener and I had dreams of it for many nights. I still remember the scenes but never understood why everywhere the prisoners and freedom fighters are tortured so gruesomely?

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  7. Tragic post Nava.. Very informative yet sad.. Thanks for sharing dear :-)

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  8. Sad but these kind of things still happen in many Countries . . . and we cant do anything about them. . .

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  9. We hear and read about all that horrendous torture during war. But to actually visit a museum must be quite an experience! I got the shivers reading about all that torture...thanks for posting.

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  10. Thank you for completing part 111 of this important slice of history

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