Hanoi exhibition contrasts pre and post doi moi periods

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A special exhibition featuring pre and post doi moi (renovation) periods in Vietnam opened Thursday, December 8 at the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi, the Vnexpress newswire reported on Friday.

Titled "Vietnam, 25 years of doi moi," it presents the 1986-2011 period through archived documents, photographs and various artifacts.

The exhibition consists of two parts, the pre and post doi moi periods.

It showcases more than 200 artifacts and photos of Vietnam before doi moi was initiated in 1986.

These include pictures of people lining up at state-owned shops to buy food and other stuff with coupons, and the busy electric trams in Hanoi.

Various kinds of coupons used during the subsidy period for buying food stuff, from milk for children and pregnant women, to garment, meat and eggs will be displayed at the exhibition.

The exhibition is jointly organized by the National Archives Center III, Ho Chi Minh Museum and the National Museum to mark the country's 25 years of pursuing a renovation policy that shifted from a central command economy to one based on market principles.

The Ho Chi Minh Museum is located on 19 Ngoc Ha Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi.

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