Vietnam Museum of Revolution – place for those having a passion on museums

In December 1954, after two months turning back the capital, the Goverment Coucil decided to build the Revolution Museum which was inaugurated on January 6, 1959.

Located in the area of Tong Dan and Tran Quang Khai street, Vietnam Museum of Revolution was formerly the department of war invalids which then was redesigned into 29 galleries with more than 40,000 historical exhibits. It’s really a nice place for those having a special passion on museums.

The first gallery introduces about the country and people of Vietnam, and the last gallery is about the union relationship between Vietnam and other countries in the world. The remaining 27 rooms display exhibits on the struggle of Vietnamese people against French colonial and Japanese fascists, American imperialism from the mid-nineteenth century to the spring of 1975.

Here, there are precious collections such as: the collection of  objects of President Ho Chi Minh and other leaders, the collection of  books and newspapers of the Party which were published in the period of 1920-1945, the collection of flags including Party flag in 1930, “the red flag with a gold star” in 1941…, the collection of weapons.

Vietnam Museum of  Revolution displays the history of building and protecting the country from the beginning to the birth of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

How’s Ba Dinh Square set up?

Hanoi is the heart of Vietnam and Ba Dinh Square can be said to be the heart of Hanoi. All of important events of capital as well as country took place here. So how’s Ba Dinh Square set up or what’s its history?

Formally, this place belonged to the West gate area of Hanoi Citadel. At the begining of French colonial period, the citadel was destroyed and made as a small flower garden called “circle point” by colonials. Later on in 1945, it’s renamed as Ba Dinh flower garden to memorize the breakout of first Vietnam war against France in Ba Dinh, Thanh Hoa province that occurred from September 1886 to January 1887.

On September 2, 1945, half a million people from Hanoi and neighboring areas came to Ba Đinh Square to attend the Independence Day.

At 14.00 pm, all members of interim Goverment were on the ceremony stage which had been well-decorated. After the Flag Ceremony, President Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Then, the interior minister – Vo Nguyen Giap presented the situation of country and goverment policy. Minister of propaganda Tran Huy Lieu reported the deprivation of seal and sword which symbolized for the power of Nguyen Dynasty in Hue. The representative of  Viet Minh goverment, Nguyen Luong Bang talked about the struggle and called on people to unite and put ups revolutionary process. Finally, the meeting became a mass parade on streets.

On September 9, 1969 – 6 days after the dissolution of  President  Ho Chi Minh – also at Ba Dinh Square, a mourning service for President Ho Chi Minh was held with thousands of Vietnamese people and foreign friends attending.

Ba Dinh Square is 320 meters in length and 100 meters in width covers 168 grass squares. It can contain about 20000 people and it is a place for gatherings or festival activities. At the centre of the square is a 30-meter high flag pillar.

Ba Dinh Square has been become a sacred space of Hanoi