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The FITO Museum, is a museum of traditional Vietnamese medicine that costs 120,000 VND o$7 CAD to enter. It may not sound that interesting, but it is very unique. The architecture and detail of the building itself is equally as fascinating as exhibits themselves. The museum is home to 18 exhibition rooms including a short documentary film about the history of Vietnam’s traditional medicine.
According to the museum’s brochure: “Nearly 3,000 items are relevant to traditional Vietnamese medicine dating back to the Stone Age. Implements used to prepare traditional medicine included knives, grinders, mortars and pestles, pots, and jars. As early as the 2nd century BC Vietnamese have used hundreds of plant species for medicinal plants. Statistics from the Vietnam Ministry of Health show that 1,800 medicinal plant species have been found in Vietnam.”
Overall, I really enjoyed the museum and definitely recommend it!
In the afternoon, Grace, Alexus, and I went to the War Remnants Museum which is 15,000 VND or 85 cents CAD. Forerly named the Museum of Chinese and American War Crimes, the War Remnants Museum conveys the brutal effects of the Vietnam War and the first Indochina War on the Vietnamese people. The museum is a must-visit for anyone travelling to Ho Chi Minh City. It is extremely educational. I found the exhibit “Agent Orange Effects” particularly unsettling. I never knew the effect of this chemical could be so detrimental for generations.
In the evening the three of us went to “The Café Apartment”, an entire apartment dedicated to cafes on Ho Chi Min’s Nguyen Hue Walking Street. If you love coffee and exciting drinks, this is definitely a place to check out!