A Visit through Post-War Vietnam

Whether profiteering or pride, Vietnam can’t get enough of its revolution. Neither can Western tourists.

Day 7, Vietnam Military History Museum, Hanoi, 17 March 2019: The view from the stone fort built in the early 19th century that defended Hanoi from colonial powers. From it, visitors look down on a courtyard of large-scale war souvenirs — tanks, planes and helicopters — captured from the Americans during the Vietnam War (to the Vietnamese, the Second Indochina War). Popular with the Vietnamese and Europeans, this museum, which opened in mid-1950s, did not find favor with Dad for its “over-the-top” perspective on the Vietnamese victory.