25 Hùng Vương, Ba Đình, Hà Nội
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. It’s a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. It is also known as Ba Đình Mausoleum and is open to the public.
Ho Chi Minh’s body is kept in state in an impressively austere, Russian-style mausoleum. The entry is like that of an amusement park ride, snaking along, forwards and back, to its final destination. Lines can be quite long, especially when gaggles of school children on field trips are being led through. Even then, at the end of the line, there’s a good distance to go and viewers are only allowed to proceed one group at a time. You’ll have to check any photographic equipment before entering as pictures of the body are not permitted. Once inside, you’ll only get a minute or so. After 40 years of preservation, Vietnam’s founding father is looking pretty good – a bit like he’s just taking a nap.
Go visiting Ho Chi Minh mausoleum
Location: 25 Hung Vuong (access via 5 Hgoc Ha St), Ba Dinh (on the very northwestern edge of Hoan Kiem district, but not too far from the center). You would also combine a visit to One Pillar pagoda and Ho Chi Minh stilt house and Ho Chi Minh museum nearby.
Opening Hours: 07:00 to 11:00 (Everyday except Monday and Friday, and from Sept 5 – early Nov)
Entrance fee: 40,000vnd/ticket (~US$1.8)
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