A guide to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum has long been considered the first place to visit first-time visitors to Hanoi thanks to its tremendous historical value. Everyone wants to go there to show their respect for Ho Chi Minh (Uncle Ho – President Ho), the greatest President who led Vietnam to Independence. There, visitors can not only discover more about the life and role of Ho Chi Minh in Vietnamese history but also expand their knowledge of Vietnamese history reflected in complex components.
Architecture of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum at Ba Dinh Square is one of the most attractive visiting place in Hanoi. It was the last resting place for Ho Chi Minh, the most famous and iconic leader of Vietnam, called ‘Uncle Ho’ by his people. His body is preserved here in a glass case at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes).
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inspired by Lenin in Moscow, with its angled facade of gray granite. Above the porch, the words “Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh” (President Ho Chi Minh) can be clearly seen carved into the stone pedestal, supported by twenty sturdy granite-covered pillars. The rectangular tomb is 70 feet high and 135 feet wide, creating the impression of a huge giant block appearing on Ba Dinh square.
The Ba Dinh Square in front of the mausoleum is notably the place where President Ho declared the independence of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. The square consists of 240 patches of grass divided by concrete walkways. Tourists are discouraged from walking on the grass.
The front door is protected by armed honor guards. In the middle of the morning, a changing of the guards ceremony was performed in part for the benefit of tourists at Ba Dinh Square.
To enter Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you will have to join a long line of locals and tourists waiting to enter. Line up to visit the inside can be quite long and the wait can be endless – visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a highlight for many visits to the capital of the locals and is very Few Vietnamese who visit Hanoi miss a chance to make pilgrimages to their country’s father.
Tourists are expected to surrender bags and cameras before entering the mausoleum; If you are part of the tour, you will hand it over to your tour guide. Then you wait as the line slowly passes through the door to the inner sanctum
Inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Uncle Ho’s body lay in a state under a glass sarcophagus, overseen by an honor guard of four guards standing at each corner of the bier. The mummified body was extremely well preserved, and wore a khaki outfit. His face and hands were illuminated by a spotlight; The rest of the room was dimly lit.
Great respect must be shown while entering. High chatter, hasty movements, and indecent outfits will be spoken out by tomb guards. Visitors are expected to remain silent and walk slowly and steadily through the mausoleum.
When you leave the Mausoleum, you can continue to “reform” in Ho Chi Minh mythology by visiting the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum, which has an account of the life of the man as told in his fables and personal effects, and President Palace, on the basis of Ho Chi Minh living after taking power (he never really moved in, satisfied with living in the electrician’s house. old, later in a custom built stilt house from the 1950s until his death).
Things should and shouldn’t do when visiting
- Do maintain a respectful attitude: Don’t talk, don’t laugh, and walk slowly along the queue. The guards will not hesitate to let you out if you do not maintain the right attitude.
- Do come early. If you want to get ahead of the queue, it’s important to avoid the rush of people lining up early to pay their respects. The mausoleum is open at 8 am, but is available at 7 am.
- Do not take photos. In fact, you won’t – the guardians collect all the cameras before you get to the mausoleum. You will be able to regain your personal effects when you leave the area.
- Do not wear shorts. Or singlets, or sleeveless tops. This is one of the holiest places in Vietnam, if such a word could be used in a Communist country; Dress up with a bit of courtesy, and wear clothes that cover you, even in warm Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Opening Hours: Tuesday – Thursday (07:30 – 10:30)
Saturday & Sunday 07:30 – 11:00
Location: No 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi