Ho chi minh mausoleum


Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum in tía Dinh Square is one of the most famous things to do in Hanoi. It is the final resting place of Ho đưa ra Minh, Vietnam’s most iconic & popular leader, known lớn the people as “Uncle Ho”. His body toàn thân is kept here in a glass box in the Ho đưa ra Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi.

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Short story about Ho đưa ra Minh

Former President Ho đưa ra Minh, or affectionately known as Uncle Ho by the Vietnamese people, was born in 1890 in the village of Hoang Tru. He moved to England and France where he embranced communism. During his time here he tried lớn induce the French government to lớn gain independence from the Union of Indochina. After wandering through many countries, hồ nước returned lớn Vietnam in 1941 via Pac Bo in Cao Bang & there took the name Ho đưa ra Minh (he who enlightened).

He fought with the Viet Minh against the Japanese occupiers during World War II. On September 2, 1945, he declared the independence of the Democratic Republic in Hanoi.

On March 2, 1946, he declared himself president of Vietnam. On March 6, 1946, he reached an agreement with the French government on the independence of Vietnam within the Union of Indochina and the French Union, but not yet full independence. For that reason they kept fighting. In 1954, the Vietminh led by General Võ Nguyên gần kề dealt a heavy blow to the French army in the battle of Dien Bien Phu. After this, an armistice was concluded in the Geneva Accords on July 21, 1954 & the warring parties had lớn withdraw temporarily

The intention was khổng lồ hold elections in two years and to reunite the country. However, this never happened for opportunistic reasons: in the North the regime was too doctrinal và in the South the Americans in particular feared communist expansion. With that, the division of the country became a fact và a North Vietnam và a South Vietnam were born.

After independence, the fighting in the South was unofficially continued by old members of the Viet Minh who now fought as the Vietcong against the South Vietnamese government. Hồ’s life was therefore largely characterized by war. First against France and later against South Vietnam & its allies, including the United States & Australia.

Ho died on September 2, 1969 at the age of 79. His body toàn thân was embalmed và placed in the mausoleum.

Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum


The late president’s grave is located in mausoleum of Ho bỏ ra Minh in Ba-Dinh Square và Hung Vuong Street, in western Hanoi. It was built with Russian help between 1973 and 1975, on the site where Ho bỏ ra Minh presented the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945. The 21-meter-high mausoleum is a dark gray building in the shape of a colossal cube. Marble from the Marble Mountains near domain authority Nang was used as a building material.

Tips for visiting

The Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum door is guarded by armed guards of honor. A gaudy changing of the guard ceremony is performed in mid-morning.Please arrive as early as possible as long lines can arise during the day.

Inside Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum

If you want khổng lồ visit the Ho chi Minh Mausoleum you have lớn put your bag và camera in the lobby. Taking photographs in the building is strictly prohibited. Visitors must be smartly dressed (no flip flops, shorts and tank tops) and behave properly (no loud talking và laughing).

The tomb is a kind of pilgrimage, which daily attracts visitors from all parts of the country. It is a tourist attraction and one of the most popular school trip destinations. Ho chi Minh never wanted this because he wanted to be cremated. Often thousands of people line up to get a glimpse of the leader who died in 1969. The gigantic Ba-Dinh Square is intended for official parades & can accommodate a quarter of a million people.

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On an elevation in the heart of the cube is the glass box with the simply dressed, embalmed toàn thân of Ho đưa ra Minh (Uncle Ho). Soldiers stand on the four corners. The room is quiet, despite the icy temperature that prevails. You exit the mausoleum at the back.


Hand in bags and cameras at the entrance.Appropriate clothing (long pants, shoes and shoulders covered).Do not photograph and film.Don’t laugh và talk loudly.You must enter the mausoleum in a healthy condition.Do not stand still for too long during the tour.

Address & opening times

Address: 8 Hung Vuong, Dien Bien, tía Dinh, Hanoi (Location on Google Maps)

Entrance fee: Admission khổng lồ the Mausoleum is free.

Opening hours: From April khổng lồ September, the mausoleum is open from 7:30 am lớn 10:30 am from Tuesday lớn Thursday; 7:30 am lớn 11:00 am on weekends. From December khổng lồ March, the mausoleum is open from 8 AM lớn 11 AM Tuesday lớn Thursday & 8 AM lớn 11:30 AM on weekends.

The Mausoleum is closed on Fridays và for a period of two months in the fall (October & November) as the embalmed toàn thân is being sent to lớn Russia for preventive maintenance & restoration.

Getting there

The Ho chi Minh Mausoleum is located in tía Dinh Square & is easily (and best) accessible by taxi. You can also walk from the Old Quarter which is about 2,5 kilometer or a 30 minute walk. As an alternative khổng lồ walking and the taxi, there is the traditional cyclo, with which you sit in front of a bike và let yourself cycle through the city .

Other things to vày around the mausoleum

The Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum in located on ba Dinh Square. There are a lot more sights around the square to visit, mostly dedicated khổng lồ Ho bỏ ra Minh. Lớn start with Ho bỏ ra Minh museum, right next to the Mausoleum. The museum is has a few level and each cấp độ is dedicated to lớn a part of Ho bỏ ra Minh’s life. Behind the Mausoleum you will find the presidential palace, where he never lived himself, because he preferred khổng lồ live in a simple house lượt thích the rest of the Vietnamese & because the palace is a reminder of the French colonial era. Instead, he lived next to lớn the palace, in a simple stilt house, which you can now visit.

Between the Mausoleum và the museum you will find one of the most sacred temples in Hanoi, the One Pillar Pagoda.

In a radius of 1 km walking there are more sights you can visit. North of the square you will find the largest lake in Hanoi, West Lake with Tran Quoc Pagoda. In the east there is Imperial Citadel of Thang Long and south you will find the Temple Of Literature.

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You can easily spend here half a day or longer to lớn visit all the sights mentioned above. When going back khổng lồ the Old Quarter from here you can stop on the way at Hanoi train street.