Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Address: Ba Dinh Square, Ba Dinh District,Hanoi, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is situated on Hung Vuong st, right in front of Ba Dinh square, the historic place where Respected Uncle Ho read the Vietnam Manifesto on September 2nd, 1945. Try viewing the mausoleum from Ba Dinh square, for a great view of the vast area covered with green grass in front of the mausoleum. There are always two guardmen dressed in white uniforms standing in front of the Mausoleum's main entrance door, and every day, a match of white-dressed-guardmen parades around the Mausoleum.
Usually you will have to wait a while in a several-meter-long queue waiting for entering the mausoleum in the south of the Mausoleum. The Mausoleum is open everyday except Monday and Friday ( and in October and Novemeber when Uncle Ho's corpse is moved for further preservation) for pilgrims to pay their homage to Unlce Ho. Bear in mind that the dress code is is strict, and you are required to wear shirts and long trousers if you want to enter the mausoleum. In addition, no cameras, hats, or bags are allowed to be brought inside.
You must walk in complete silence and hardly have a minute to linger in front of the glass of Uncle Ho's glass coffin and there is nothing else except this coffin in the Mausoleum. He is still dressed in his traditional khaki clothes and rubber sandals, and he looks as if he were taking a short nap.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Reviews:
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Come, clap your hands by by Wild_Orchid - virtualtourist.com
Give a man a fish, and you feed him for a day. Teach a man to Clap, and you'll feed him for a life-time! At Uncle Ho's fishing pond (this is what the tourist brochure called this huge pond next to Uncle Ho's Yellow House), we were told by our guide that Ho Chi Minh would stand by the lake and summon the fishes to come to him simply by clapping his hands. Our guide did it and the fishes came. Lo and behold, when I clapped my hands, the fishes started to slowly but surely come to me! Isn't it amazing? Uncle Ho really trained his fishes well. LOL
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Paying Uncle Ho a Visit by bpacker - virtualtourist.com
Heck, you must be wondering why I'm asking you to join a hideously long queue to see a dead body, right? Well, I don't have a thing for taxidermy but a keen fascination for kooky things. Yup, having heard so much about Ho Chi Minh, I needed to see the strange decorum surrounding his preserved body. What's this about lining up and dressing up in "proper" attire to see a corpse stiffer than a Brit's upper lip? Also, what's with the snowy white military uniformed guards?
Well, after I've seen the place, I understood it all. The decorum was a reflection of Vietnamese pride for someone who united their country against the most powerful force in the world and made them believe in themselves again. Uncle Ho deserved the honour.
Take note of these annoying things when you're visiting:
Winter 8:00-11:00, Summer 7:30-10:30
2)Check your camera at the entrance
3)No bare shoulders, mini-skirts or shorts allowed. Defy it and you'll be forced to buy the ghastly over-priced clothes at the entrance.
4)Uncle Ho pays a visit to Russia every two months of the year, usually in Nov and Dec.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Obey the rules by King_Golo - virtualtourist.com
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the most important site in Hanoi for all loyal Vietnamese people. Ho Chi Minh, the nation's hero, is laid out there (btw, against his will - he wanted to be cremated!). Be prepared to see hundreds of people waiting for a short glimpse of his body. Uncle Ho is presented there for 9 months - the other 3 months of the year, his body is restaurated in Moscow. His mausoleum is a massive stone building, distantly resembling a Greek temple, but one that was built by the Soviets. It's certainly not a beautiful building, but its sheer size creates respect. Everybody has to obey certain rules when visiting the mausoleum, such as wearing long trousers, behaving correctly, not taking anything (including your camera) into the mausoleum. Do obey them, as the guards may become unfriendly quite quickly!
Unfortunately, the opening times are not really tourist-friendly: they start at 7.30am and end at 10.30am!
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Let this be your first stop in Hanoi by sailor_p - virtualtourist.com
During my visit in Hanoi, I have the opportunity to explore the city highlights such as the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. In the tradition of Lenin and Mao, the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, also known as “Uncle Ho”, is a glass sarcophagus set deep inside the Mausoleum. A local guide told me that everyday, many Vietnamese and visitors would queue up to pay respect to Ho Chi Minh. It was a great pity that during my visit, the Mausoleum was closed as Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body went to Russia for maintenance.
However, rumours have it that his body is no longer sent to Russia but remained in Hanoi for secret maintenance. Other rumours also said that at times, only the wax body of him was used. Well, the rumours have not be certified, so it's up to you to believe it or not! *wink*
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum Complex by betska - virtualtourist.com
The final resting place of Uncle Ho is a must-see when visiting Hanoi. It is an extremely popular pilgrimage for Vietnamese as well, so arrive early. Built between 1973 and 1975, the massive square structure is modelled closely on Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow.
In front of the Mausoleum, is Ba Dinh Square, where Ho read out the Vietnamese Declaration of Independance on 2 September 1945. Coincidentally, this was also the day that Ho died in 1969 . Bags, cameras etc had to be checked in, then a 45 minute wait whilst we filed along in a very organised queue. Once inside the mausoleum, we were kept shuffling past Ho Chi Minh's body while being watched by many guards. No talking or smiling allowed, and keep moving. Placed inside a glass sarcophagus, he looked very serene and certainly very well preserved. His face & hands were lit-up with spotlights. Apparently he takes a 3 month 'holiday' each year to Russia, where the embalming experts give him a tidy-up. Sadly, he had actually requested in his will that he be cremated. In the same complex, are some houses where Ho Chi Hinh lived and worked between 1954 to 1969. We were saddened to see a beautiful peacock living in a tiny cage. Most cruel, he barely had room to turn. Admission may be refused if you are wearing 'indecent' clothing such as shorts, singlets etc.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Respecting Uncle Ho by Applelyn - virtualtourist.com
In it, lies Uncle Ho in his favored Khaki suit. He asked to be cremated but his wish was not granted. You have to maintain silence to in the tomb to show reverence to him. Vietnamese respected Uncle Ho a lot so only proper dress code, no shorts and sleeveless shirts, are allowed in the tomb. The mausoleum is opened from tuesdays to thursdays and saturday(8am to 11am) but it will be closed in October and November as he will go to Russia for body maintainence. Admission is free.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Have a look if you pass by. by kokoryko - virtualtourist.com
As many Fathers of the Nation in communist countries, Ho Chi Minh is not an exception, and adept of personality cult or not, he has his monumental mausoleum! For average people it is not possible to get closer than 50 m (I tried in evening, may be it is possible during day time), there is a big open square in front (like for Mao in Beijing), with guards and mobile fences preventing getting closer.
A big cube with pillars around, as many mausoleums of that sort, but with a wide squared grass covered place in front, well visible in the sky. There are nice gardens on the side and the back, but you are prevented to enter (Picture 2). Grey and red granite, monumental door and uniforms on picture 3. And the guards look very serious like painted tin figurines . . . (Picture 4). On evenings, the grass is watered to have it always green! Refreshing to have a walk there(Picture5).
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum: Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum by SPW - virtualtourist.com
An imposing building for such a humble man, it is an experience to queue (no handbags, cameras allowed) to pass before the embalmed body of Uncle Ho and to observe the veneration and grief displayed by many Vietnamese for the founder of the modern nation. In the grounds are also to be found his simple home and a museum devoted to his life.