I had thought about do this in a double post, but as I have time on my hands and my system keeps crashing, it’s a whole lot easier to break up my blog posts.
Below are some photo’s from my visit to the History Museum in Ho Chi Minh City, established in August 79′. There are two main display sections in the museum and what was superb was that most of the stuff throughout, was all new to me. Not like the temple’s that get a bit sam-o, sam-o after a while. Maybe I need a holiday?
Display one is Vietnamese History from the prehistoric period through to the Nguyen dynasty. Now, anyone that knows there Crystal Carrington’s, knows that the Nguyen dynasty was the biggest and the best baby! It kicks off with the Prehistoric period, through the cave man and Stone Age (this was fascinating). It then tells you about Chinese occupation, their struggle for independence and then the 7 or 8 dynasties thru time until we get to Nguyen.
In 1558, the first Lord Nguyen, a boy called Hoang was a sort of garrison chief of the South. He developed the people, consolidated the regime, which only upset the apple cart with the Trinh from the North causing a civil war that lasted some 200 years. So, me, my dad, his dad, his dad etc; you get the drift.
In section two there was lots of Asian ceramics, a sort of Asian version of Caithness Glass if you would. The 10 rooms I wandered through had many displays of the culture from the Southern provinces, including the mummified body of Xom Cai – a Vietnamese wifey, who was unearthed in a large barrow and had a stele with three Chinese characters meaning the year of the Snake. Her body was surrounded by grave goods, which were then soaked in a red solution and enclosed in a coffin, which was placed in a sarcophagus (hope I spelled that right, had to look it up). They say that when she died she was in her 60’s and she died about 1869. All I can say was that she was a wee wifey and has probably shrunk since, but very fascinating. The way they displayed her I though she was royalty.
The most enjoyable part for me was there had been plenty of battles over time and these were depicted through battle scene’s on hills, on the seas and up mountains. Small soldiers painted and displayed in a case in battle. I love that shit!