Prior to my trip to Vietnam, I watched a TV documentary about the Vietnam war also known as Indochina war that took place between 1955 to 1975. I must admit it wasn’t the best scene to watch. Detailed remnants of the Vietnam war are displayed in the Vietnam Military History Museum in Hanoi.
Just a little bit of history, the Vietnam war was between the government of North Vietnam which was supported by the Soviet Union and China and other communist countries, and the government of Southern Vietnam supported by United States, South Korea, Australia, Thailand, and other non-communist countries.
My heartfelt love goes to all the Vietnamese people and other countries, and the slain soldiers who died defending their territories. Let peace prevail!
Anyways, part of my itinerary in Hanoi was to visit Vietnam Military History Museum. This museum is located on 28A Dien Bien Phu Street and the operating hours are 8 AM to 4.30PM with a 1-hour lunch break. History lovers will be treated to the events of the Vietnamese war with all the war materials carefully displayed.
Vietnam Military History Museum is not your typical museum. When going through the different sections I could relate to what I watched in the documentary. I was blown away by how each and every piece of Vietnam war has been captured. The aircraft used by both the Vietnamese government, the French and the Americans, war planes, tankers, a Boeing B52 wreckage, bags, bicycles, clothes and shoes that some of the soldiers used during the war. The images displayed could be hard-hitting though.
The centerpiece is a Russian-built MiG- 21 jet fighter and a Tank 843 that shattered the gates of Saigon’s (South Vietnam) presidential palace on 30th April 1975 marking the end of a 19-year war.
At the end, there’s a studio where you can follow an audio tape on how the attacks were planned, staged and executed, mostly from Ho Chi Minh government’s perspective.
We had set aside an hour to go through the museum but ended up spending the entire afternoon there. Vietnam Military museum is highly recommended when visiting Hanoi, especially for history lovers.
Vietnam Military Museum Entry Fees
- VDN: 20,000 for Adults
- VDN: 30,000 for cameras
- 28A Dien Bien Phu Street opposite Lenin Park
- Hanoi, Vietnam
- Operating Hours: Tuesday to Thursday 8 AM – 6.30 PM (Closes 11.30 -1 PM for lunch break)
After a detailed visit in Hanoi, take a 2 days city break and unwind at Halong Bay. Read the detailed itinerary here.