Tags: Attractions, History, Museum, Photos
The Vietnam History Museum has just been refurbished recently. I returned to create virtual tours and this post is on the pictures I took and some explanation on the exhibits.
The main attraction at this newly tidied up History Museum at Ho Chi Minh Chity, Saigon, is the Oc Eo and Champa cultural exhibition room. This is where you’ll find special antiques of the Champa culture. The ‘star’ in this room has to be the Buddha statue (pictured below) that’s insured at US$6 million. This 1.2m high statue, named Dong Duong, is said to be among the rarest antiques in the world. Made around the 8th century, it was discovered in central Vietnam.
The unique altar of nine gods (Navagraha) of the Champa culture, made in the 10th century and also discovered in Central Vietnam.
The ones that caught my eyes are the giant penis According to Hinduism, they are god Siva in his most sacred appearance in the form of a Linga.
The 2 statues below are the most ancient wooden sculptures found in Southeast Asia.
A few other collections from the Champa culture at the Vietnam History Museum.
Another exhibit you should not miss at the Vietnam History Museum is the 140 years old mummy discovered in Ho Chi Minh City, Saigon, in 1994.
This room keeps all the different Buddha Statues from the 12th century around Asian countries.
The Vietnam History Museum of Ho Chi Minh City is also one of the few places in Saigon where you can find the Vietnam water puppet show.
Parting shots of the Vietnam History Museum and some of its exhibits.
Vietnam History Museum Address:
Nguyen Binh Khiem Street, District 1, Ho Chi Minh City.
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