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Landmark Hanoi hotel unearths Vietnam War bunker

Last Updated: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 23:48

Hanoi (Vietnam): One of Hanoi`s historic
hotels has discovered an underground bunker that sheltered
Jane Fonda, Joan Baez and other foreign guests during the
Vietnam War.

The bunker`s exact location remained a mystery until
workers pierced its concrete roof while renovating a bar at
the Metropole Hotel this summer.

A retired Vietnamese government doctor recalls sheltering
in the bunker in 1972 with American singer Baez and actress
Fonda. She says Baez sang a song to calm guests when Americans
bombed parts of Hanoi during the so-called Christmas Bombings.

The hotel is unsure what it will do with the shelter. The
general manager believes the seven-room space should be
preserved as part of Vietnam`s history.


First Published: Wednesday, October 19, 2011 - 23:48
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