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
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.