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March 2, 2019

The War Remnants Museum , HCMC, Vietnam!

So lets come back to Asia shall we! I have come to Vietnam several times in the last few years, and always a nice welcome. The impressive country knowing of all the wars there is amazing the recuperation of its landscapes.

I have touch briefly on it but believe need to expand a bit more on this museum in Ho Chi Minh City, the the War Remnants Museum .

I visited the War Remnants Museum , this is a must to understand the war from French colonial and especially from the American intervention, with portraits, maps, weapons ,and real remnants of airplanes, helicopters, tanks, machine guns like the 107 mm huge; tracing the history of cooperation and support for the Vietnam liberation.  You take it as you know it. It is well worth the visit. 

ho chi minh city

The War Remnants Museum ,first opened to the public in 1975. Once known as the Museum of American War Crimes, it’s a shocking reminder of the long and brutal Vietnam War.  Graphic photographs and American military equipment are on display. There’s a helicopter with rocket launchers, a tank, a fighter plane, a single-seater attack aircraft. You can also see a conventional bomb that weighs at 6,800kg. American troops had used these weapons against the Vietnamese between 1945 and 1975.

ho chi minh city

ho chi minh city

Operated by the Vietnamese government, an earlier version of this museum opened on September 4, 1975, as the Exhibition House for US and Puppet Crimes. It was located in the former United States Information Agency building. In 1990, the name was changed to Exhibition House for Crimes of War and Aggression, dropping both U.S. and Puppet. In 1995, following the normalization of diplomatic relations with the United States and end of the US embargo a year before (the war dead were forgotten), the references to war crimes and aggression were dropped from the museum’s title as well, and it became the War Remnants Museum as of today.

ho chi minh city

The most talked-about exhibits at the War Remnants Museum are the tiger cages. The South Vietnamese government kept their political prisoners in these confinements.  Locals believe the cages imprisoned up to 14 people at a time. The museum also has a guillotine brought in by the French government. Both the French and South Vietnamese used it to execute their prisoners until 1960. The museum comprises a series of themed rooms in several buildings, with period military equipment placed within a walled yard.  Other exhibits include graphic photography, accompanied by a short text in English, Vietnamese and Japanese, covering the effects of Agent Orange and other chemical defoliant sprays, the use of napalm and phosphorus bombs, and war atrocities such as the My Lai massacre.

ho chi minh city

ho chi minh city

The War Remnants Museum is currently one of the most popular museums in Vietnam. The War Remnants Museum is a war museum at 28 Vo Van Tan, corner with Le Quy Don Streets, in District 3, Ho Chi Minh City (old Saigon).

The official webpage of the museum is here: Official War Remnants Museum in English

Official Vietnam Tourism on Ho Chi Minh City and museum

There you something that needs to be told and visit and you make your own conclusion. Its part of the historically politically correct traveler. The War Remnants Museum is all that and more.

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


March 2, 2019

Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi , Jakarta!

Ok so let me take you along my ways all the way east to the exotic wonderful Jakarta in Indonesia. I have been lucky to visit the country about 8 times in the last 8 years and the experiences and friends have been wonderful. I have written several posts on Indonesia in my blog.

However, have written about another important group of museums in TMII but left the very first one I went to without credit and it is a pity not to mention it, the area and museum are very nice indeed. Therefore, here is my credit to the Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi in Jakarta, Indonesia.


My historical cultural knowledge was by going briefly to this museum right outside my hotel Santika in Jakarta, Museum Purna Bhakti Pertiwi , the  museum specialized on the life of Suharto, former second president of Indonesia andn a powerful political figure in modern Indonesia.  The museum houses and displays the large amount of Suharto’s collections; mostly valuable objects, artworks and souvenirs, received from various world leaders and Indonesian people, accumulated during the 32 years of his administration in Indonesia. The museum is a modern building with design took shape of tumpeng , a traditional Javanes cone-shaped rice, symbolized gratitude. The museum webpage is in Indonesian but can be translated with google or other language tools.

Museum of Purna Bhakti Pertiwi, Jakarta


A bit more on it from my best creative writings lol!

Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum was built on the initiative of Madame Tien Suharto, as an expression of gratitude to God Almighty and high appreciation in honor of Indonesian and international community for their attention and support for President Suharto.It was built by Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Foundation for 5 years between 1987—1992 on an area of 19.73 ha. On August 23, 1993 the museum was inaugurated by President Suharto.

The complex of Purna Bhakti Pertiwi Museum consists of main building, supporting buildings, landscape, and house of painting. The main room stores various souvenirs given by the Soeharto’s state visitors, friends and acquaintances. The gifts collections also presented by Indonesian bureaucrats, political figures and businessman. The special hall stores the military decorations and medal of honors once granted to Suharto. The Asthabrata hall displays the philosophy of the leadership of Suharto. It is chronologically visualized in form of wayang. The hall also displays the story of Wahyu Makutha Rama, as well as literatures from different disciplines.


The cone-shaped form of the main building is derived from the shape of the tumpeng, a traditional Javanese cone-shaped rice particularly important during slametan or syukuran thanks-giving ceremony, symbolized gratitude to God. The conical shape also symbolized the kalpataru three of life, other symbolic patterns such as Jayakusuma flower, Cakra Manggilingan batik pattern, reflected in the museum design. What can I say different and translated from the museum site.

While finding this jewel in Jakarta was very easy. I was put in the Santika Taman Mini Hotel just walking across the street! Trying to be curious as always and walking the beat came upon it right away. The hotel is super and will put the webpage here for future reference and convenience to visitors.

Hotel Santika Taman Mini Jakarta


Hope you enjoy the cultural tour of exotic Jakarta ,Indonesia and really should make time to see this museum of Purna Bhakti Pertiwi! 

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!


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March 2, 2019

Other Churches of Trier-Saarburg district, Rhineland-Palatinate State, Germany!

Ok so long title but hey sorry I am not creative just an amateur lover of history and architecture which of course involves lots of travels! I am coming back to Germany to tell you about some interestings monuments -Churches in small towns along my road warrior ways. We drove all over western Germany ,especially along the border with France and Luxembourg. Great rides!!!

Let me tell you about some other Churches in the lovely towns of Ayl, Ockfen, Schoden, and Wiltingen all in the district of Trier-Saarburg and the State of Rhineland-Palatinate!  These are the towns you yearned to visit off the beaten path country towns with nice monuments to boot. Even if the information is not always available just trying. Let’s get going!

Ayl is a village located in the district of Trier-Saarburg, in the State of Rhineland-Palatinate. Its estimated population is at 1558 inhabitants. It is located west of the State, near the city of Trier, on the banks of the Moselle river, one of the main tributaries of the Rhine river, and the border with Luxembourg.

Here rising in the country side over vineyards you come to see the great spiral of St. Bartholomäus  Church.  The nave construction, round arch style, from 1845/48, and the renovations and rectory  from 1873/74. There is a Catholic club and youth house from 1929/33.

Official parish Church of Ayl in German

Tourist office Saar Obermosel on heritage in English

Beautiful site on the district photos of the Church in German


Wiltingen am Saar is a municipality in the district of Trier-Saarburg in Rhineland-Palatinate State. It belongs to the municipality of Konz. Wiltingen is located about 9 km southwest of Trier on the lower Saar.  Situated on the lower Saar, Wiltingen has an old St. Martin’s Church in the center of the village, which is already known as the Mother Church in 1030. It belonged to the Abbey of St. Mary in Trier.

The present St Martin’s Church was built in 1909/10. In addition to the magnificently carved high altar of 1910, there are several old depictions of the patron Saint of the  in the church, such as a keystone of 1590 or the part of a stone altar around 1630. A wooden figure on the high altar shows the St. Martin as Bishop: Guardian and Teacher of Faith in His time as today.

City of Wiltingen on heritage in German

Beautiful site on the district photos of the Church in German


Ockfen is a town in the Trier-Saarburg district of Rhineland-Palatinate State. Ockfen was first mentioned in 975 in a document by the Archbishop of Trier, Thierry I, as Occava in possession of the abbey of Saint Martin in Trier.

The St Valentin Church at an exposed location 1904-1906 ,the neo-Gothic step hall, was picturesquely composed. Part of the structure inserted into the slope, which sloping sharply to the south, it was additively assembled. The plain construction with sandstone elements and slate fragment insertions ,and moving slate covered rooftop.

The Church of St Valentin, which approaches the floor plan of the cross form, consists of a main nave and narrowly spreading side aisles. The tower builds over a side nave lean on the south side. An overcrowded widening on the side nave gives the exterior building the accent of a cross-ship. The stance-looking window sections, which fill the wide opening on the cross-wand, are characteristic of the style. Similarly schematized is the gable front, which is lifted from the displayed column portal.

In the Tympanum, a three-quartered crucifix deposited by vines. The tower is significantly highlighted with octagonal staircase cultivations, coupled sound arcades in apertures and octanol helmet. The interior is on massive round pillars cross rib vaults. The furnishings mainly from the construction period, such as the high altar, the baptism and the pulpit. The original tile floor is also preserved. The left side altar on the side of the choir is the Chapel with Queen of Heaven under a canopy. In the left aisle arm, the late Gothic wooden figure of the patron Saint of the Church from around 1500.  After severe damage in 1945, the Church of St Valentin was restored. The Church merging with the place and the landscape. The protected environment encompasses the rectory, built in 1914 and now modified a simple palm-roof building.

City of Ockfen on St Valentin Church

Beautiful site on the district and photos of the Church in German



Schoden is a town in the district of Trier-Saarburg in Rhineland-Palatinate State. It belongs to the municipality of Saarburg-Kell. The village is located directly on the lower Saar. Viticulture is practiced on the rising slopes. From 18 July 1946 to 6 June 1947 Schoden, in its then municipal boundary, formed part of the Saar Protectorate. Partitioned from Germany after its defeat in WWII; it was administered by the French Fourth Republic. On rejoining, West Germany in 1957, it became the smallest area state in  the Saarland, not counting the city states of Berlin, Hamburg, and Bremen. It is named after the Saar River.

The Church St Paul, built in 1842, is in the tradition of plain chapels in Trier. The three-sided choir end meets the Romanesque east tower of the Church. The two-story tower of the 12C under the roof of the tent set the eaves for the Church hall.

The tower, which is visible from the choir tower and then included as a sacristy in the new Church, shows round-board sound windows. The new Church of St Paul is done  in classicist style, accentuated by a single-neat arched window. It is of plain construction with economical sandstone elements, shifted on the southern wall of the barrage. The neo-Gothic roofer, destroyed in 1945, replaces a simple, boxy structure.

The wooden gallery is from around 1900. The neo-Gothic high altar with the paintings referring to the patron Saints of the Church work of art depicting Christ appearing to Mary Magdalene after His Resurrection and the leyend of St Paul. There is a crucifixion group from the neoclassical secondary altars of around 1900.

The simple gable front is enriched on both sides of the portal by the monuments to the fallen of WWI and WWII. On the left, including the relief of a Cross, an arch artificial stone pedicel with contemporary ornamentation of 1923.

Tourist office of Saar Obermosel on Schoden

Beautiful site on the district with photos of the Church in German



There you splendid ride by car or even by bike (more strenous) we rode all over these towns and it was lovely to go out and come back in each day. The picturesque small towns was great for the bread, the snack and the visit to the Other Churches of the Trier-Saarburg district, Rhineland-Palatinate State! Hope you have enjoyed the ride!

And remember, happy travels, good health, and many cheers to all!!!

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