Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Image courtesy of Burmesedays/Wikimdeia Commons
Introducing the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi
Head to the imposing granite mausoleum, to view the embalmed body of the Vietnamese hero, Ho Chi Minh.
Silently follow the line of vsitors into the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum where Ho’s body – dressed in a khaki suit – lies in a glass case with dim lights protected by a military honour guard.
Strict dress and behaviour rules are enforced by staff; a respectful behaviour is required and no shorts, mini-skirts or sleeveless shirts are allowed.
The gardens surrounding the mausoleum have nearly 250 different species of plants and flowers, gathered from different regions of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square where Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Nearby, stands the Ho Chi Minh Museum and Ho Chi Minh residence.
Modelled on Lenin's tomb, the mausoleum was constructed between 1973 and 1975.
Note: The mausoleum is usually closed in October and November, when while Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed corpse goes to Russia for maintenance.
Location: Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi
Hours: Daily (except Monday & Friday) 8-11am. Last visitor admitted – 10:15am