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Hidden Story


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Fine arts of wood artefacts Fine arts of bronze artefacts


Fine arts of ceramics


Fine arts of stone artefacts

Collections of ancient art, fine art of Vietnamese traditional handicrafts

1st floor Selling paintings

2nd floor Extra exhibition


Main building

1st floor

Exhibition of many artists drawings through several periods with various medium: lacquer, oil painting, powder, sculpture, silk, etc.

2nd floor

Artworks before 1975, mostly drawings are about war-time

3rd floor

Contemporary art and sculpture


Open: 8am Close: 5pm

97A Pho Duc Chinh, District 1, HCMC Phone 38.294.441

Not open in Monday




This delightful building so harmoniously combines

Oriental and Western architecture was designed by the French architect, Rivera, in july, 1929. It was

completed in

1934 for the son of a successful emigrant named Hua Bon Hoa, from Fujian ,China. The building was both home and place of business for Tang Huon Hua Bon Hoa, the eldest son.


Architecture “It is not the beauty of a building you should look at. It is a construction of the foundation that will stand the test of time.�

-David Allan Coe-

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11 I ‘ts architecture exemplified the style

of French colonial design, an attempt to meld elements of Art Deco with local

decorative motifs and spatial principles. Creating cross cultural inheritance of the Chinese and French.

Whole building soars gracefully to its fully vaulted eaves which provide a fine basis for its many red hue yin yang roofs which also accentuate the stepping in and out of walls and porches.

Museum’s roof Red hue yinyang tiles Spiritual copper statues

1st building backside Symmetrical style



T he Museum was the first building in

Saigon had elevator. The lift leads you to wide, airy and well lit hallways, off which many rooms of the house opened to overlook the pleasant and beautiful interior courtyard.

2nd floor stair elevator at ground floor

14 The overhanging eaves with its

basis in Asia, provides both shade and shelter from the tropical sun and downpour events which are always part of Saigon. The light blue and yellow cream hue finish of the building captures the liveliness of the period when Saigon was emerging as a modern Asian city of the 20th Century.

Exterior side building 1 U-shaped built

G family

host Hui


16 Hui Bon Hoa, a Chinese immigrant, moved to Saigon in the late 19th century. A penny-less man when he arrived, he went on to become one of the city’s wealthiest men. Some allege he stumbled upon some treasure when gathering recycled bottles in garbage heaps, while others claim he found precious antiques and traded them. However he accumulated his wealth, he became Saigon’s “king of real estate” and his business bloomed in the early 20th century. It’s said that his assets reached the value of 20,000 houses. Hui Bon Hoa and his family were respected for their involvement in building public places such as hospitals and pagodas. Some of their buildings are still in use today such as the Government

Guest House, Tu Du Maternity Hospital and the Majestic Hotel. Hui fathered many sons, all of which studied abroad in Europe, but only one daughter whom he treasured. All of a sudden, she was nowhere to be seen but people started hearing distressing sobs coming from the Hoa’s house, the building that currently houses the Ho Chi Minh Museum of Fine Arts. One morning, residents learned from an announcement that the girl had passed away due to a vicious illness, and that the family wanted a quiet funeral. Ever since, strange things started occurring around the house. Many people said that they have seen a shadow floating through corridors

17 , and one room on the top floor of the house. Although fully furnished, this room seemed more like a mystical chamber. He was certain that he saw a maid deliver food through a hole in the closed main door. Perhaps the most believable story (comparatively) is as follows. Although Saigon was a center of trade and modern medicine in the 1920s, an incurable and monstrous spate of leprosy hit the city hard and destroyed many lives, among which was Hui’s daughter. As rumor has it, the fair girl was transformed into a horrid creature then quarantined in a room where maids served her food through the aforementioned hole. Maddened by isolation, she screamed helplessly from that chamber and withered away to her lonely death. So deeply mournful, Hui could

not bury her in the ground and instead built a stone coffin and put her inside. It was said that people could still hear her crying at night. On the one year anniversary of her death, Hui bought a white dress, a doll and had a maid to bring them together with a plate of rice to the chamber where the coffin sat as a superstitious tribute to his daughter. When the maid came back to take those things away, she was spooked to see that the rice had been eaten. She curiously sneaked a peek through the hole and found the girl in the white dress sitting up in the coffin, holding the doll. The maid ran and screamed with all her might, ‘’My lady is back!’’ Hui decided then to bury his daughter’s body secretly.


Hui Bon Hoa never spoke of the incident.


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Museum of Fine Art booklet  

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Museum of Fine Art booklet  

A4 square: 21cm-21cm