The secret bunker in Saigon
Hidden in the secret bunker of the Saigon Commandos of the Vietnam War are nearly two tons of weapons
Once a hiding place for nearly two tons of Saigon Commandos weapons during the spring offensive and 1968 uprising, the Nguyen Dinh Chieu Street little house was declared a National Monument of Culture in 1988.
The bunker is located in a house on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Road, District 3, HCMC, and was used to hide the arsenal of Sai Gon Commandos. Among them are about 2 tons of weapons, which were prepared for the Tet Offensive (January 1968).
Previously, this house was bought by Tran Van Lai (Lai Lai - May Hong Que) and he secretly trained there. At that time, to avoid suspicion, he used the excuse to repair the toilets. He took his wife and children to Go Vap (another district of Ho Chi Minh City), stayed alone in the house and spent the nights building his bunker.
In order not to arouse suspicion, the rubble from the ditch was kept in boxes and disposed of in a car.
After 7 months, the bunker was finished, 8 meters long, 2 meters wide, 2.5 meters deep, and a thick layer of waterproof cement. The bunker has emergency exits, and has numerous vents.
On November 16, 1988, the "Remains of the Armory of the Saigon Rangers Tet Independence Palace 1968" was recognized as a national monument of culture.
After the bunker was completed, weapons were hidden in it, which were in wooden coffins, fruit and flower baskets.
The house is located on Nguyen Dinh Chieu Road, 287/70 District 3, Ho Chi Minh City.
Entrance fee: free
Opening hours from 8:00 clock
Tip: Be sure to be there early as the bunker is well frequented.
By Karl-Heinz Kronpass
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