Saturday, June 13, 2009

Ho Chi Minh Portrait on Vietnamese Banknote

The portrait of Ho Chi Minh is depicted in all the Vietnamese banknotes after the reunification of both South and North Vietnam, following the fall of Saigon in 1975. Even before the reunification took place where the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (DRV) under the leadership of Ho Chi Minh which ruled the northern half of Vietnam from 1954 to 1976, the portrait of Ho Chi Minh was already used to depict in the banknote issued by DRV in 1950s.

The banknote issued by Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1951 that depicts the Portrait of Ho Chi Minh.

The portrait of Ho Chi Minh depicts on the current polymer banknote.

Statue of Ho Chi Minh displays at Ho Chi Minh City's War Museum.

Ho Chi Minh or Nguyen That Thanh (1890 to 1969) was one of the famous Vietnamese Communist revolutionary and President of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (also known as North Vietnam) from 1945 to 1969. He led his North Army to defeat the French Indochina War from 1946 to 1954. He later led the Vietnam's struggle to defeat the U.S. supported government in South Vietnam. However, he died in 1969 which he had missed the opportunity to witness the reunification of Vietnam in 1976 after the fall of Saigon to North Vietnamese armed forces on 30 April 1975. The former capital of South Vietnam was renamed Ho Chi Minh City in his honor.

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