“Come to me, all you who are weary and burdened, and I will give you rest.” (Matthew 11:28)
As Jesus once said, we visited the statue of Jesus in Vung Tau to take a break from the long week of lectures, Vietnamese language classes, and company visits. Even though the walk to get up the top of the statue was long and tiring, as soon as I saw the wonderful view of the city and the ocean, I felt relieved from all the stresses. Talking to Rio, one of the UEF students, I noticed that Christianity flowed into Vietnam during and after the Vietnam War, which was one of the missions U.S. had along with the spread of democracy. It was interesting to see things I learned from history classes, such as the effects of intervention of the U.S. in Vietnam, in practice and how they affected the culture.
After feeling refreshed and having lunch at a five-star hotel, we were able to jump in the famous pool that we have been waiting for. The infinity pool, a swimming pool that is designed to look like it is merging into the ocean, and the beach resort attract a lot of people, which shows how tourism also contributed to the growing economy of Vietnam. The number of tourists have increased as more foreigners started to move to the rapidly growing country, as we learned from classes and site visits. Overall, I was able to learn academically and culturally through today’s trip to Vung Tau, and I can’t wait to visit other significant sites in Vietnam and Ho Chi Minh City.