Landmark Hanoi hotel unearths Vietnam War bunker

AP News
Posted: Oct 19, 2011 4:07 AM
Landmark Hanoi hotel unearths Vietnam War bunker

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.