The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located in Vietnam's capital city Hanoi and is an inevitable Vietnam holiday tour destination. The memorial serves as the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh, who was the President of North Vietnam from 1945 to 1969 and also the founder of the Indochina Community Party.
The construction of the Mausoleum took two years starting from 1973, and it opened for the public in August 1975. It is a 70.9 feet high structure with unique Vietnamese architectural distinctions. For the construction, it used grey granite, and the interiors are a combination of grey, black, and red stone.
Right in front of this edifice is the Ba Dinh Square, where President declared Vietnam’s independence in 1945. There are 240 grass patches separated by walkways that comprise the square.
Inside the Mausoleum
The President’s body is dressed in khaki and enclosed in a sturdy glass casing, which is protected at all times by honor guards. While the inner sanctum designed to maintain dim light, his face and hands exposed under bright spotlights to have a clear view for the visitors.
You would be expected to keep silence at all times and photography is strictly prohibited as well. Ensure you dress appropriately i.e., no sleeveless clothes, no shorts, and no hats.
Onward Journey to the Museum
When visiting the Mausoleum, ensure you continue to the Ho Chi Minh Museum to gain more knowledge about the founding father of Vietnam. The museum is a collection of President Ho's life in a series of 8 chronologically narrated topics. These include his childhood, youth, his travel tales in search of ways to put an end to colonialism, his political journey founding the Communist Party in Vietnam, and his life as President.
You will find several artifacts and memorabilia from President Ho's life on display at the museum, including several official documents of the anti-colonialism movement.
Places around the Mausoleum
Presidential Palace:The French colonial architecture inspired palace created in 1900 by Auguste Henri Vildieu was supposed to be President Ho's residence; however, President opted to live in a traditional Vietnamese house instead.
One Pillar Pagoda: In the center of the square pond stands tall, the One Pillar Pagoda representing a lotus growing in the pond. It was constructed during Emperor Ly Thai Tong's rule. Initially, it was made of wood and based on a single stone pillar. But after the French nearly destroyed it, the Pagoda has undergone several reconstructions.
Ho Chi Minh’s House:This is the house where the President lived instead of the palace. It has the traditional house on stilts structure and is a popular attraction among visitors.
April to September
7:30 am – 10:30 am Tuesday to Thursday
7:30 am – 11:00 am on weekends
8:00 am – 11:00 am Tuesday to Thursday
8:00 am – 11:30 am on weekends
Closed on Fridays and entire October- November as the body is sent to Russia for maintenance
Days Open: Tuesday to Sunday. Closed on Monday and Friday afternoon
Timings: 8:00 am – 12:00 pm and 02:00 – 04:30 pm
Entry:VND 40,000 for museum
While planning the Mausoleum visit, take the time out to walk in the area and visit all of the places mentioned above, which form a major part of Ho Chi Minh's life as well as the Vietnamese political history. Apart from the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, there are many other things to explore in and around Hanoi.Your Vietnam holiday tour can convert into a wonderful experience, provided if you can plan the tour with a professional tour operator. Do you know, Hanoi offers a fantastic feast of gastronomic experiences? If you get hungry, you can always visit the farmer's market in the area for some authentic Vietnamese street food.