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The Pasteur Institute in the city was founded by Dr. Alexander Ersin in 1895. Ersin, unlike many other colonists who lived in Vietnam, was the most respected by the Vietnamese. Dr. Ersin was born into a French-Swiss family in Switzerland. He arrived in Vietnam in 1889 after working in Paris under the direction of Louis Pasteur.
The doctor spent the next four years recording his observations while traveling across the Central Plateau. At the same time, he reached the place where Dalat is now located and recommended the government to build a mountain post in this place. While in Hong Kong in 1894, the doctor discovered a microbe that causes bubonic plague.
Also, Dr. Yersin was the first person to bring cinchona and rubber trees to Vietnam. Nowadays, the Pasteur Institute coordinates sanitation and vaccination programs in the southern part of the country.
Dr. Ersin's study and library are now a museum. Here you can observe the laboratory equipment and personal belongings of the doctor. Also of interest is a model of a boat presented to Yersin by local fishermen, in whose company he spent a lot of time. Next to the museum is the library of the Institute, which houses many books written by the doctor. Before his death, Yersin asked to be buried near Nha Trang – the request was granted.
The museum is located on the second floor in the back wing of the main building.
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Topic: Alexander Yersin Museum in Vietnam, Nha Trang resort.