Vietnam’s war history is closely associated with a historical story involving the great President Ho Chi Minh-a patriot, sage, national hero, saint, strategist, man of culture, diplomat, poet and a philosopher. In order to honor Vietnam’s great president, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum was constructed with a view to expressing great attitude and admiration to the father of the whole Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum today is becoming more and more popular as one of the top tourist attractions on Hanoi with thousands of visits annually.
Uncle Ho’s final resting place was built between 1973 and 1975. The monumental building was constructed under the model of Lenin’s mausoleum in Russia. Especially, the building is placed in a tranquil area and it is becoming an ideal place for locals to show their forever love for the great Father who devoted his whole life to the independence of Vietnam.
Major materials for the construction are granite and marble with three-store structure. Featuring a structure of 21.6 meters high and 41.2 meters wide, the mausoleum possesses a plaza, lust gardens around the area with a diversity of 250 spices of plants and flowers more or less. One highlight of the Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is that there is a collection of 79 cycad trees which serves the purpose of symbolizing 79 springs of Uncle Ho’s life.
One of the most obvious and interesting that visitors can easily cast an eye over is his renowned quote ‘Khong co gi quy hon doc lap tu do’ which can be translated as ‘Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom’.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is such a calm sanctuary, so when entering the mausoleum, you are advised not to wear short skirts or tank tops. Moreover, cell phone or cameras are also not permitted. Do not talk or put your hand in your pocket, which shows that you do not have any respect for President Ho Chi Minh.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum opens during the weekday from Monday to Friday.
The opening hour also varies depending on whether it is cold season or the hot one.
– From November to March: 8:00 am to 11:00 am
– From April to October: 7:30 am to 10:30 am.