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War Remnants Museum Vietnam

The image of "Napalm Girl" is the reason my journey to Vietnam begins. It connects, it speaks, it draws me closer every time I read about it - few years later I see my reflection in it's huge frame (look closer). This image won the Pulitzer Prize (1972) and World Press Award (1973) for photo-journalism. It captures the moment a 9 year old girl emerges from Napalm bomb attack. Burning skin, shocked child, oblivious US military men - her name is Phan Thị Kim Phúc Oont. She is the living face of the US war crimes in Vietnam, that never stops haunting. Half a million visitors walk in each year. This is not a tourist attraction, period. Its a walk back in time. A truth, shown with pictures, international news articles and real war artifacts - one that media or modern history does not tell. Its an illustrated history of US War Crimes. Chinook CH-47
A-1 Skyraider

Bell UH1 'Huey' Helicopter - A defeated US helicopter sits near the entrance. Vietnam War was the 1st time …

First Blood - AK47 Live Firing Range

"Its gonna be loud, but don't drop the DSLR (camera)" I say to a lady standing behind me at the live firing range, as I hand her my camera for taking a few snaps. She nods, grabs the heavy camera carefully - but occasionally flinches to the sound of weapons. A tight grip, target aligned, controlled breathing - and a squeeze of the trigger shatters the momentary silence..Bang! A brief near-proximity flash fills the eye, as each cartridge exits the muzzle. Two more rounds and I  taste the gunpower in my mouth. Every recoil tightens my shoulder, and soon the instructor pauses me to switch the magazine. Reload, and we go again. I love the raw feeling, without glasses and gloves. If I had my way I would have done it without the earplugs. Just as the Viet Congs used to fire in these jungles. My purpose today is not to fire for thrill, but to experience the depths of Vietnam War. What does it feel like pulling the trigger? What do you do when you are in the cross-hair. The ans…

Saigon Central Post Office

Saigon Central Post Office, built in 1886-91, when Vietnam was part of French-Indochina. Every part of the building has a feel of French & Renaissance era architecture.