Friday, May 16, 2008

Vietnam: Part 2

We visited some historical places in Hanoi. The first was the prison where John McCain was tortured. I will edit later for the exact name since I am posting from work (don't tell). When I thought about McCain being tortured, I imagined a grass hut in the middle of a jungle, but in fact, it is a proper prison on the heart of the city. Only a portion of the original building remains. There is a tall hotel built right next to it on the property where the demolished portion used to stand. St. Joseph's Cathedral, a major landmark in Hanoi.
We visited Ho Chi Min's tomb. He is preserved in a glass casket--quite disturbing. No pictures were allowed in the mosoleum. Below is his official residence even though he chose to live in a very small wooden house several yards away. The compound grounds were very beautiful, and the bright yellow buildings contrasted sharply with the lush greenery.
I don't know what this building is, but it appears to be a Chinese temple.

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