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“A reminder of the futility of war”

Huu Tiep Lake and the Downed B-52
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Half-Day Hanoi City Tour by Cyclo
Ranked #59 of 284 things to do in Hanoi
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Reviewed November 7, 2013

This is easy to find if you write down your instructions before you leave. Ngo 55, Hoang Hoa Tham runs off Hoang Hoa Tham, just past the Botanical Gardens coming from Westlake. "Rose 1", an American B52-D Bomber was shot down over Hanoi on the 19th of December 1972. The plane landed in a small lake/pond in amongst houses. The remains stick up out of the water as a constant reminder of the futility of war, the innocent civilians killed, the 6 crew who died and the mass destruction caused by the American - Vietnam war.

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Reviewed October 30, 2013

We walked the narrow side streets from Doi Can Rd and arrived at this unassuming spot. All we could hear were the children playing in the local school and the occasional motorbikes. The remnants have become a living art as part of this block. The contrast between the war that caused its presence and the liveliness of the neighbourhood is profound. We thoroughly enjoyed looking up this little piece of history.

Thank KCH007
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Reviewed October 24, 2013

The site of the downed B52 is indeed the greenish lake in the residential district - but that is where the similarities end. Walk a little further and you will find a fantastic museum devoted to the downing of this aircraft. It displays remnants of B52, some Vietnamese airforce fighters and some of the weapons used to shoot down the bombers - missiles, guns and their radar directors. It is a fantastic site - and sight.
I have visited there twice, as shown in a selection from my photos and the last visit was significantly enlivened by the last photo in the series I included. Despite the terrible nature of the war, life does go on.
Sorry, but I think the comments about the green lake and the 'bit of metal' are somewhat at odds with what is really to be found at the location of the B52 site. Walk a little further and you will be rewarded.
You have to love this Vietnamese museums where you can walk amongst and touch the exhibits.

4  Thank Bernie D
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Reviewed October 21, 2013

I had read some reviews saying this wasn't worth going to, but it definitely is. I had studied the US/Vietnam war and was so interested in seeing this! I had to take three different taxis though. So be carefully when asking taxi drivers and make sure they know where you mean (one guy thought I meant the airport).

Thank DEBn87
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Reviewed October 19, 2013

Interesting story indeed, however, really once you go you would never be able to tell what this even is. If you didnt know the story you would just think it was trash or a big chunk of metal in a tiny little pond. Anyway, the story is interesting behind this spot, but in my opinion not really worth the time to go hunt it down, get lost trying to, finally finding it, then realizing oh that's it. But hey, maybe for you it would be cool...

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