ho chi minh mausoleum

By Custom Vietnam Travel | Updated 1/5/2019

If you are in Hanoi Tours and desire to learn the fascinating story of how Ho Chi Minh, the beloved Vietnamese leader, was embalmed following his death in September 1969 then Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must- visited destination that you might consider insert into your itinerary.

Flag raising ceremony at Ba Dinh square

While the result of the Vietnam War still in un-answered, Ho Chi Minh died at 9:47 on the morning of 3 September 1969 from heart failure at his home in Hanoi, at the aged 79. At that time, Vietnam Government decided to planning the preservation. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Russia. The columned exterior is made of grey granite while the eerily cold inside is constructed from red, black, and grey polished stone. The designers added distinctive Vietnamese architectural styles into the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, such as the sloping roof, to differentiate it from the Russians’. Both of the mausoleums has the same purpose and that is to preserved bodies of respective leaders and presented in a dimly lit glass case. It has the phrase “Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh” in Vietnamese which means “Chairman Ho Chi Minh” in English painted in the front. There are two platforms with seven steps for parade viewing during special occasions on the two sides of the mausoleum. In front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, there are a green grass yard that is divided into 240 green squares. Surrounds the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the garden with 250 different species of plants and flowers from all over Vietnam.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the evening

Beside of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you can also visit one of the most resourceful museums in Hanoi which was named after Ho Chi Minh. You can easily visit here; it is just 5 minutes walking from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. On the 100th birthday of Uncle Ho, the museum was officially opened on May 19, 1990. The purpose of this place is to people from everywhere coming to express deep gratitude to the former Chairman of Vietnam. The museum mainly illustrated the life and career of Ho Chi Minh. The Ho Chi Minh Museum was divided into three main parts. The first part shows the life and career of Uncle Ho. The second part is about the lives of Vietnamese people in wars. The last one shows some events in the world’s history that made a great impact on Uncle Ho’s life and career.

Ho Chi Minh Museum 

Right behind of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh’s Slilt House. Ho Chi Minh lived here from 1958 to 1969. He designed the house himself to remind about the time he stayed at Viet Bac during the war. Although visitors aren’t allowed to come inside the house, you still can have a clear view through the open doorways and windows give an insight about where Ho Chi Minh lived and we promise that it would more fascinating than most museum exhibitions.

Taking a little further, about 1.5 kilometers from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the Museum of History about Vietnamese Military or known as Military Museum and it is one of the oldest museums in Hanoi. Here, you can learn a lot about Vietnam’s History since the beginning, such as the Hung Vuong Era, to the first thousand years Chinese domination of Vietname, as well as the time Vietnam against French colony.

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Ho Chi Minh’s Slilt House

Here are some tips for visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum:

  • Opening hours: from 7:30 AM to 10:30 PM 4 days/ week: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and Sunday.

  • Wear former clothes- not too short shirts and pants.

  • Children under 3 year olds are not allowed into the mausoleum

  • Foods, electronic devices and metal object are not allowed.

Select Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum as an attraction among other Hanoi Attractions gives you opportunities not only to learn about Vietnamese’s history but also to pay respect for the beloved Chairman of Vietnam. Custom Vietnam Travel would like to be the guild on your journey of discovering beauty of Vietnam and nearby countries as well.

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