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Ho Chi Minh, the father of modern Vietnam, presides over a park in Ho Chi Minh City, backed by the city's People's Committee Building, a grand French Colonial structure that once served as city hall. Ho led the Vietnamese independence movement beginning in the 1940s, establishing an independent republic in North Vietnam in 1954. Even after he lost political power in the late '50s, he remained an important and popular figure, and to this day, he is revered throughout the country, though his economic policies have largely been abandoned in the name of modernizing the country.  
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The gate at the Temple of Letters in Hue, Vietnam's former imperial capital. This was one of many Vietnamese temples dedicated to Confucius and Confucian scholars.  
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Vietnamese fishing boats trawling with traditional nets  
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Hoan Kiem Lake, in the historical center of Vietnam's capital, Hanoi, is a popular destination for both tourists and locals. In the background is the Huc (or Rising Sun) Bridge, which connects Jade Island, site of the Ngoc Son Temple, to the lakeshore.  
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Blooms before the gate of Ngoc Son, the island temple in Hanoi's Hoan Kiem Lake  
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Motorcycles and mopeds in Ho Chi Minh City. Though cars are more common now than ever, most Vietnamese still get around on two wheels.  
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Lunchtime in Ho Chi Minh City. Street-side restaurants are everywhere in Vietnamese cities, and they're a great and incredibly affordable way to explore the country's rich cuisine.  
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Roof tiles on the Imperial Citadel in Hue. As the seat of Vietnam's Nguyen dynasty from 1801 until the advent of the French in 1945, Hue offers visitors a plethora of imperial architecture.  
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Shoppers at a floating market in the Mekong River Delta in Vietnam  
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Champa ruins near Phan Thiet, Vietnam. The Champa, an ethnicity whose descendants can still be found throughout Southeast Asia, ruled central Vietnam from the 7th to the 15th century.  
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Watching the waves in Nha Trang. With beautiful beaches on the South China Sea, fresh seafood, and excellent scuba diving, Nha Trang is an increasingly popular destination for travelers in Vietnam.  
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