Saigon exhibition showcases horror of Vietnam War

By Long Nguyen   May 22, 2021 | 07:22 pm PT
The 'Imprisonment System During the Vietnam War' exhibition at the Saigon-based War Remnants Museum uses technology to attract visitors amid Covid-19 ordeal.

Organized in container boxes placed outside the museum, the exhibition includes images and artifacts from prisons across southern Vietnam during the war (1945-1975). Touch screens with detailed graphics dot the exhibition, helping visitors interact with 3D photos and videos of the past.

The exhibition is held inside container boxes. Photo courtesy of the War Remnants Museum.

The exhibition staged inside container boxes. Photo courtesy of the War Remnants Museum.

"The Covid-19 pandemic has severely hit many aspects of life, so the museum must adapt to the new normal," a museum representative told local media, adding it had decided to use technology to tell more stories about the war.

Eye-catching motion graphics and heart-wrenching stories will move visitors while discovering the exhibition, according to the museum.

Structures of prisons, how prisoners were tortured, and their artifacts are showcased to tell the stories of Vietnamese during the war. The deeper visitors enter a room, the darker the space becomes, replicating the claustrophobic atmosphere inside war-time prisons.

The disreputable 'tiger cages' are also showcased at the exhibition. Many political prisoners were kept in these confinements during the war. It is believed a cage imprisoned up to a dozen people at a time.

The exhibition is at War Remnants Museum on 28 Vo Van Tan Street, Saigon's District 3. It opens from 7.30 a.m. to 6 p.m. every day.

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