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Visiting the place Uncle Ho once lived

 

 

Recently, the working delegation of the Committee for Overseas Vietnamese organized a visit to Laos and Thailand. On this trip, the delegation had the opportunity to visit Uncle Ho House at Ban May (New Village) in Nakhon Phanom province (Northeast Thailand). Despite the limited time we had, we were guided through the days of revolutionary activities of Uncle Ho here, as well as the compassion the Vietnamese community and the Thai people have for the great leader.

 

A corner of the house Uncle Ho once lived in Nakhon Phamon.

 

My first impression of this place was not the usual unfamiliarity, but the comfortable coziness similar to my own homeland. It was like we were still in Viet Nam with 3-room houses, tiled roofs, high rows and green bamboo groves, alongside with gourd pergolas on the porch and flower beds in the alley.

Even without any prior notice, but Ms. Vo Thi Hoan, the caretaker of the Uncle Ho House in Ban May was still very happy  to receive the delegation. Then even before we asked, she told us about the special bond between Uncle Ho and her family that she heard from his late grandfather – Mr. Vo Trong Dai. Mr. Dai was the schoolmate of Ms. Nguyen Thi Thanh, Uncle Ho’s older sister. He was a Vietnamese patriot who wandered to Thailand to avoid the pursuit by the French. Here, he married her grandmother - who was also a Thai-Vietnamese. When Uncle Ho came to Thailand in 1928, he invited Uncle Ho to stay in his house so that it would be more convenient to meet with the overseas Vietnamese patriots here.

During this time, Uncle Ho, going by the name Thau Chinh, respected the local customs and cultures, and always upheld the spirit of unity and solidarity. In his free time, he often helped farmers cultivate rice, vegetables, catch fish to improve their lives. Moreover, he actively studied Thai and organized Vietnamese classes for overseas children in the evening. Uncle Ho always reminded people about the spirit of patriotism and the will to fight foreign invaders to protect the country...

The Uncle Ho House displays many images of Uncle that the Thai-Vietnamese community have collected and treasured. Many items Uncle Ho used during his time are well-kept here, just like the memory of him could never leave. The Carambola tree in the garden is still growing strongly after 80 years and has become a symbol for the feelings left in the heart of overseas compatriots the Thai friends despite the passing time.

Just a few hundred meters from The Uncle Ho House is President Ho Chi Minh Memorial Site in Ban May which was inaugurated on the occasion of his 126th birthday. The Memorial Site is not only of great significance for the overseas Vietnamese community in Thailand and the Thai people, but also the “Red address” for many generations of Vietnamese to come and learn about the life, career and memory of the great leader, President Ho Chi Minh.

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