Lunch time at Hanoi (Military Museum)
I found the military museum at 11:00am, half an hour before lunch time, I thought time was plentiful, that I still had half an hour before lunch. But lunch at Hanoi is longer than what is written on the sign. At exactly 11:01, the staffs are already in a great hurry to close down the indoor exhibits. I lingered on, to their greatest annoyance.
Lunch time is the holiest moment in Life of Hanoi. Trespassing the lunch time of a Hanoian could be as serious as trespassing the tomb of their ancestors. So I quietly wander around the outdoor exhibits. The wreckage artwork is one of the best propaganda artwork in the world. Mangled pieces of American planes twisted into an artful masterpiece. So much bombs, missiles and bullets, yet Hanoi survived like an immortal mosquito.
Only if the Americans had learned the secret, that if they had invaded Vietnam during Lunch time, they could have easily won the Vietnam War. Nobody does a damn thing during lunch time, I could have captured Hanoi at Lunch time and nobody would care. I walked around, photographed everything, nobody bother to kick me out, lunch is too important to be disturbed, or maybe they thought I was a high level military officer, either way, my time in the museum is quite fulfilling.
The Hanoi military museum is located in a corner of the military complex, it is within walking distant from the [[Hanoi train station]]. But it's better to get there by taxi or tuk tuk.