National Museum of Vietnamese History
The National Museum of Vietnamese HistoryThe National Museum of Vietnamese History is housed in the former Ecole Française d’Extrême-Orient, a 1932 building designed by French architect Ernest Hèbrard who followed a mix of traditional French and Vietnamese disciplines that resulted in a style called Indochina architecture. The museum’s numerous displays trace the country’s history and include bronze sculptures, excavations from Han tombs, Dong Son drums, funerary jars, ceramics from the Nguyen dynasty, and printing blocks for Buddhist prayer books. Caveat: Descriptions in English are limited, but don’t let that dissuade you from visiting this gem.
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