Nhà Rồng Harbor, also know as Ho Chi Minh museum, is one of the top tourist attractions in the city. Not only famous by the unique architecture, but also by it critical historical events. Futuremore, with the open-air view, the harbor is a also the best place to admire the sun set.
History of Nhà Rồng Harbor
Nhà Rồng Harbor was originally a big trading port in Saigon (currently know as Ho Chi Minh city). In 1862, the French colonist built this harbor to exchange goods, weapons, and materials during the occupation of them in Vietnam. It was called Nhà Rồng because the “two dragons flanking the moon” had set up at the middle of the roof top.
However, in 1955 when the French was defeated, the Government of South Vietnam took control and renovated the roof of the building, replaced the two old dragons into new ones with a turning back. Since then, the architecture of this buidling has been almost unchanged.
The harbor is well know for a historic event. On 5th June 1911, from this harbor, Nguyễn Tất Thành, a young patriot at aged 21, and become President Ho Chi Minh later, embarked aboard the ship Amiral de Latouche-Tréville to sail to France. Follow a dream to bring back a liberty for motherland, he returned to Viet Nam to lead the revolution in 1941. And with his ingenious leadership, Vietnam gained independence.
Since then, Nhà Rồng Harbor is the great spiritual significance who desire to discover about the Vietnam history.
In September 1979, the People’s Committee of Ho Chi Minh city chose Nhà Rồng as Ho Chi Minh memorial house, then changed it into Ho Chi Minh Museum branch in Ho Chi Minh city.
Architecture of Nhà Rồng Harbor
The Nhà Rồng Harbor consists 2 storey building according to the European architectural style. However, the roof made by Orient style, head horse-shaped, anchor, and “two dragons flanking the moon” on the top of the building.
Currently, it has 09 exhibit halls with more than 148,000 square meters. Six out of nine on fixed subjects, including documents, artifacts, images related to President Ho Chi Minh’s biography, and revolutionary career.
Totally, the museum is currently reserving, and exhibiting about 11,372 items, along with about 3,300 books on the subject of the president.
- Location: 01 Nguyễn Tất Thành Street, District 4, Ho Chi Minh city.
- Best for: Family, couple, solo
- Entrance: Free
- Opening Hours: Tuesday to Sunday, from 7:30 – 11:30 Am; 13:30 pm – 17:00 pm
- Other tourist spots nearby: Bến Thành Market, Landmark 81, Bitexco Financial Tower, Nguyễn Huệ Walking Area,…