Uncovering the Hidden Secrets of Saigon

Asia Talk-Vietnam22DecLooking for inspiration in Saigon? We’ve got some tips to inspire your clients that reveal hidden attractions and long-kept secrets. One of the “not-to-be missed” sites while visiting Ho Chi Minh city is the immense network of connecting underground tunnels located in the Củ Chi district. However, there are some lesser known and just as intriguing sites to visit. Did you know that down an alleyway in Ngo Gia Tu street, District 10, is a former family home known as Secret Cellar B? The family that lived there was charged by the revolutionary Vietnamese forces with producing propaganda material. Excavated between February and May 1952, Secret Cellar B was in operation until 1957 when it was decommissioned and later filled with soil. The site was restored in 1988 for the purpose of preserving a significant revolutionary relic to educate the younger generation.

In 1967, NLF operative Trần Văn Lai dug two cellars and from June 1967 onwards, over 350kg of TNT were transported there in hollowed-out boxes. On the evening of 30 January 1968, the 19-strong Special Forces Team 5 collected them and launched an attack on the south gate of the Independence Palace. The attack failed and all of the team members lost their lives, yet despite a subsequent search of the address, the secret cellar was never discovered.

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