Why are thousands of Japanese visitors drawn to a special hotel room in Vietnam?

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Thousands of people learn about this room every year. When Japanese tourists come to HCM City, the unique history of the chamber catches their attention.

The hotel welcomes approximately 65,000 guests per year, a third of whom are Japanese. Two in 10 Japanese visitors staying at the hotel will use this room. Thousands of visitors are expected to arrive each year.

The famous Japanese journalist and writer Takeshi Kaiko (1930-1989) resided in Room 103 of the Majestic Hotel (HCMC) in 1964-1965.

Ms. Huynh Thi Thu Nga, Deputy Director of the Majestic Hotel, said that during her stay in the room, Takeshi Kaiko had many anti-war articles from a third-party perspective on the conflict and anti-American resistance warfare of the Vietnamese people. He is a famous novelist in Japan.

Guests of all ages are eager to learn more about history and culture, and this particular space is no exception. It is assumed that European travelers flock to the Hotel Majestic because it was designed in the French style; However, the reality is that Japanese visitors represent 35-40% of all visitors.

Before the pandemic, Room 103 was frequently packed with Japanese visitors. Guests arriving later would request permission to visit the room if it had been reserved in advance by someone else. The hotel stated that Room 103 is still laid out the same as when the writer resided there.

The Majestic is the second oldest hotel in Ho Chi Minh City, having been built in 1925. Other notable guests at the hotel include Singapore Prime Minister Lee Hsien Loong; Thai Princess Maha Chakri; and current Emperor Naruhito who has visited since he was Crown Prince of Japan.

Some images of the hotel room 103 of the Majestic:

Takeshi Kaiko’s brief biography in Japanese and English can be found outside Room 103. (Photo: Tran Chung)

Căn phòng kỳ lạ tại Việt Nam, cả nghìn người Nhật tìm in mỗi năm

The room captures the interest of Japanese visitors, although it is not spacious.

Căn phòng kỳ lạ tại Việt Nam, cả nghìn người Nhật tìm in mỗi năm

The bedroom furnishings, including an older desk phone, have remained unchanged over the years. (Photo: Tran Chung).

Căn phòng kỳ lạ tại Việt Nam, cả nghìn người Nhật tìm in mỗi năm

From 1964 to 1965, the eminent Japanese author stayed in this accommodation. (Photo: Tran Chung)

Căn phòng kỳ lạ tại Việt Nam, cả nghìn người Nhật tìm in mỗi năm

Room 103 is visited by tens of thousands of Japanese tourists every year. (Photo: Tran Chung)

Căn phòng kỳ lạ tại Việt Nam, cả nghìn người Nhật tìm in mỗi năm

The view from outside the hotel. (Photo: Tran Chung)

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