The DMZ. Quang Tri Old Citadel. Hue
All of these places were points of conflict. The DMZ's history is pretty complex. Many people visit various spots around the DMZ, but Brian and I specifically went to the Hien Luong Bridge across the Ben Hai River.
We have arrived very early, so we had the location pretty much to ourselves. Now, Brian had a different take on this because in many ways, this geographical designation defined his present day life. Without the war, he probably would still be living in Vietnam. Now he lives in Long Beach, California. Whether or not it is good or bad is up to him. I don't get into personal speculation. As an observer, I know that it probably left more questions than answers for him.
As you approach the North Vietnamese side, you will encounter the obvious monuments to the great victory against the American devil. To the right is a building that housed the border guards. To the left is a huge flag with some murals surrounding the flag pedestal. As you get closer to the end of the bridge, this is how it looks.
The one thing about the Vietnamese putting up monuments for the American War, they do want to make a statement. I find it to be very fascinating in how much of the psyche of Vietnam is based upon a victory in war.
As I noted, to the right was a guard house. Not very interesting other than what its role was during the war.
Looking back from the North Vietnam side, I used a super wide lens to get this shot. The metal is getting rusted. The bolts are showing wear and tear. The river remains the same. Human borders and human monuments do not last forever.
In the background is the new highway across the bridge. Brian and I woke up at 3:00 in the frickin' morning to go take a look at a bridge, a bridge mind you. The significance is historical. The significance isn't architectural.
I suppose Brian is still listening to the ghosts of Vietnam. Actually, these are the old propaganda speakers used to broadcast to the Americans that the war was over.