Exploring Vietnam: Cu Chi Tunnel – Cao Dai Temple – Ho Chi Minh City – Bitexco Financial Tower – AO Show (Day 3)

Posted: January 10, 2014 in Adventure, Travel
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Early morning after having breakfast, our first stop for the day is Cu Chi Tunnel.

Tunnel

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The residents of Cu Chi then took their war underground, literally, developing a network of tunnels that, at its height, stretched as far as Cambodia and included meeting rooms, kitchens, and triage areas.

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Building Cu Chi Tunnel

Building the Tunnel

L-R picture above. Man digs underground hole. Another man takes out the dirt. Another man throws it away.

The tunnel has air holes for oxygen to flow in.

Airhole

Air Holes

Different traps were set up by the Viet Cong as part of their survival strategy.

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If the enemy accidentally stepped into the rotating board, he will fall into the trap.

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The Viet Congs cooked during the night so that the smoke that comes out from the air hole will not be seen by their enemies.

Kitchen

Kitchen – Smoke flows out of the air hole

Health Bunker

Health Bunker

Meeting Room

Meeting Room

Military Work Shop

Military Work Shop

Military Work Shop 2

Weapons in the Military Work Shop

Military Uniform Garmet House

Military Uniform Garmet House

Viet Congs

Viet Congs

During the war, a bomb has been launched and landed in this area creating a bomb crater.

Bomb Crater

Bomb Crater

Cu Chi Tunnel Overview

The picture above shows an overview of what the tunnel looks like.

There’s also a firing range in the area. If you hit the target, a corresponding prize awaits you.

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 Cu Chi Tunnel Shooting Range Guns and Bullets

Souvenir Shop at Cu Chi Tunnel

Souvenir Shop

We travelled to Tayninh, 60 miles northwest of Saigon to visit the Great Temple of Cao Dai. Cao Dai is a syncretistic Vietnamese religious movement that incorporates aspects of Buddhism, Taoism, Confucianism and even Catholicism. Cao Dai Temple was built in 1933 in a unique architectural style reflecting its blended traditions.

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The religion combines Buddhism, Christianity, Taoism, Confucianism.

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Before entering the temple, you need to remove your shoes first.

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When we arrived the temple, we were able to see their ceremonies being done.

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Buddha, Laozi, Jesus and Confucius

TIP: To see the picture below, you need to super zoom in your camera to the front

More information about Cao Dai can be found by clicking the link.

And in the afternoon, we travelled back to Ho Chi Minh City after we ate our lunch at a nearby restaurant. We went to the Bitexco Financial Tower to have an aerial view of the city.

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We went up to the 49th floor.

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They have a guide on what landmarks you can see in the telescope.

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Souvenirs.

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Our last itinerary for today was to watch AO show at the Opera House. The show at 6pm was cancelled due to lack of audience so we were asked to come back at 8pm. We ate our dinner first before watching the show.

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Saigon Opera House

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The AO Show Rates and Schedules

Seats are numbered in such a way that odd numbered chairs are on the left while even numbered chairs are on the right.

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Picture taking is prohibited while the show is ongoing.

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Casts of AO Show

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