Visitors to Vietnam on city breaks in Hanoi this autumn can enjoy one of its leading cultural sites and learn about the modern history of the country's women into the bargain.
Despite being a patriarchy, Vietnam still holds a special, if not sacred, place to honour its women.
October 20 is Vietnam's Women Day, and where better to mark it than the nation's museum dedicated to women?
Vietnam Women's Museum explores ethnicity, the national struggle, feminism, traditional costumes, and women's cultural characteristics expressed via handicrafts.
Among the fascinating artefacts are home-made machetes, a knife with an explicit caption stating it slashed at an oppressor's neck and the rag-tag clothes worn by a female spy who feigned craziness.
The museum, situated at 36 Ly Thuong Kiet, is certainly worth a few hours of any tourist's time, particularly for those eager to learn about culture and gender.
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