Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine (or FITO Museum) is located at 41 Hoang Du Khuong, Ward 12, District 10, HCMC. The museum is one of the first private museums in Vietnam. Coming to Museum of Traditional Vietnamese Medicine, Tourists have the opportunity to contemplate ancient medicine artifacts. Besides tourists can join live processing medicine or have the doctor examine live and buy medicine here. The Fito Museum is one of the Top 12 museums in Ho Chi Minh City and worth a visit.
Opening hours: 8:30 – 17:00 daily
Address: 41 Hoang Du Khuong, Ward 12, District 10, Ho Chi Minh City. The museum is about 3.6 km from Ham Nghi Bus Station, the nearest bus station from Ben Thanh Market. Visitors can take taxi to the place or book a city tour including this museum.
Admission fee: 120,000 VND (adult); 60,000 VND (child)
Tel/Fax: +84 2838642430 or +84 2838627812
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The museum was born from the idea, passion and collection process for 20 years of Mr. Le Khac Tam, a pharmaceutical industry employee. He has a desire to preserve precious medical assets, honor Vietnamese traditional medicine, and help those who are interested in Vietnamese traditional medicine history to visit, learn and research. The museum was built in 2003 and has been open for publish since 2007.
The museum has 6 floors with 18 rooms on a total area of 600 m2. The museum is built entirely of wood. This wood is transferred from the Northern Delta. The motifs and patterns carved on the wood are very sophisticated with the shape in the northern plain. All create an ancient space in the middle of the bustling flashy city.
The museum has about 1,112 medicine names and nearly 4,000 precious artifacts related to traditional medicine in Vietnam from the Stone Age to date such as the knives used to cut drugs and the boats used to crush drugs with the age of about 2,500 years, including some knives brought from the hometown of Zen master Tue Tinh and the famous doctors of Hai Thuong Lan Ong and Le Huu Trac.
When visiting the museum, visitors should use the elevator or walk to 4th and 5th floor to visit Room 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7. Then they go downstairs to the 3rd floor to see Room 8, 9, 10, 11. On the second floor there will be Room 12, 13, 14, 15. Room 16 is on the first floor.
Room 1: Evolution of Vietnamese traditional medicine from 2nd century before BC.
Room 2: the ancestors of Vietnamese traditional medicine
In this room, visitors can see an altar on which 2 greatest physicians, known as the ancestors of Vietnamese traditional medicine: Tue Tinh Zen Buddhist (14th century) and Hai Thuong Lazy Man Le Huu Trac (18th century)
Room 3: Items from Stone and bronze age
Room 7: Giant wood carved painting named Viet Nam Bach Gia Y
Room 5: Artifacts in Cham culture
Room 6: Artifacts about Korean, Japanese and Chinese traditional medicine
Room 8: collection of medical trees and painting collection “Vietnam ban thao”
Room 9: Tools to prepare traditional medicine
Room 10: Model of an oriental drugstore
Room 11: Collection of jars to keep medicine and wine
Room 12: Collections of bowls to drink medicine, teapots, lime holes and pots
Room 13: Collection of balances, mortars, pestles, Planes, plywood
Room 14: Ground pots to simmer medicine
Room 15: Collections of ancient wine jars, wine pots, bowls to drink wine
On the stair wall from 2nd floor to 1st floor
Royal physician institute
Visiting the museum, visitors are guided to see by the friendly and knowledgeable about the museum guides. After buying a ticket, visitors receive paper tickets and electronic cards so that they can go through the access control. Visitors can directly participate in the process of drug preparation such as cutting drugs, crushing drugs. If you are sick, you can have the doctor examine live and buy medicine here. At the end of the journey, visitors can watch a documentary film, enjoy free tea in the area selling medicine, tea and medicinal alcohol right on the ground floor produced by Fito Pharma Pharmaceutical Joint Stock Company.