Sights in Vietnam

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Vietnam sights attract many tourists every year and over the years tourism in Vietnam has increased. International tourist are attracted by the history and natural beauty of Vietnam. Vietnam's landscape consists of mountains, a stretching coastline and an abundance of rice fields. In the rural areas tourists can glimpse at local culture as farmers tend to their fields, wearing their traditional hats. There are plenty of opportunities for both relaxation and adventure in Vietnam.

War Museum

The War Museum is located in Ho Chi Minh City. The War Museum displays various war artifacts including planes, cannons and tanks. Photography displays illustrate the events of the war showing both soldiers and the Vietnamese locals who were affected by the war. The museum was opened in 1975 and it is now a major tourist attraction. The museum consists of different buildings that have the themes of "Historical Truths," "Requiem," "Vestiges of War Crimes," " Imprisonment System" and "Vietnam War and Peace." There is an admission fee charged.

Hue Imperial Palace

Hue was the capital of Vietnam from 1802 until 1945 and the city has many historical sites. The Imperial Place is located on the Perfume River banks. The Imperial Palace has a wall, cannons and a moat to help protect the inner area. The area was damaged during the Vietnam War. The city can be reached by air, rail, road or bus.

Notre Dame Cathedral

The Notre Dame Cathedral is located in the heart of Ho Chi Minh City. It is a massive structure built in the 19th century using a neo-Romanesque design. It has 2 spires which reach a height of 40 meters. Materials for the building were brought from France. Outside the cathedral is a statue of Virgin Mary as well as 6 bells made from bronze. There is also a garden for visitors to enjoy. Mass is held at this church, and a mass is held in English on Sundays. The cathedral is open every day and there is no addmission charge.

Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum

At Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum visitors can see the embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh. There is also a museum which offers insight into Vietnam's history. There are often long ques at this site. Visitors should be respectful when entering the mausoleum and should make sure that they are dressed conservatively.

Ben Thanah Market

This market is located in Ho Chi Minh city near a large traffic circle. It was constructed in 1914. The market sells a variety of produce, including items such as fresh food, stationary, spices and household goods. There is a maze of aisles to explore. Food stalls offer snacks and traditional Vietnamese food for lunch. This is a good place to pick up souvenirs and gifts.

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