If Hanoi is the capital, central to politics, culture, and economy, Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is considered the heart of the capital. Not only is it a cultural and historical value, but the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum is also the best thing to do in Hanoi for domestic and international visitors who want to understand and show gratitude to the great father of the nation and learn more about Vietnamese history. Let's find out more about Ho Chi Minh and what we can see at the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum with Go Viet Trip.
Ho Chi Minh (was born on May 19th, 1890 - September 2nd, 1969), his original name is Nguyen Sinh Cung, leader of the revolutionary, old father of the nation. UNESCO also recognizes the hero of national liberation and cultural celebrity of the world.
He was also the founder of Viet Minh (later remaining Vietnam Communist Party), leading the struggle for Vietnam's independence and territorial integrity in the XX century, and an international communist soldier. Up until now, he still has been the symbol of Vietnamese liberation and freedom.
Ho Chi Minh
This is the most historic attraction in Hanoi, suggest for visitors can combine with some attraction nearby.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi opening time
Location: 25 Hung Vuong, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
Opening days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, and Sunday (Closed on Monday & Friday)
Opening hours: Seasonal:
April 1st to October 31st: 7.30 a.m – 10.30 a.m (Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays: 7.30 a.m – 11.00 a.m)
November 1st to March 31st of next year: 8.00 a.m – 11.00 a.m
Entrance fee: Free
Phone: 024 3845 5128
In front of the mausoleum
Before he passes away, Uncle Ho wanted to be cremated and placed ashes in three country regions. He wished one day Vietnam will be unified.
However, to honor his great dedication to the country and the love of all Vietnamese for him, the Politburo decided to preserve his body so he could see the country reunited and the next generations can visit him (especially Southern people and international visitors).
The mausoleum stared built on September 2nd, 1973, in Ba Dinh Square, where he read the Declaration of Independence on September 2nd, 1945, and was completed on August 22nd, 1975, with the help of the Soviet Union.
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Location 19 Ngoc Ha - Ba Dinh - Hanoi
The museum is open every Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday.
Morning from 08:00 - 12:00, afternoon from 14:00 - 16:30
The museum is closed on Mondays and Fridays
Ticket price: 40,000 VND / ticket
Ho Chi Minh museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum started construction on August 31st, 1985, and was inaugurated on May 19th, 1990, on the 100th anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh's birthday, with unique architecture – the symbol of the white lotus. This also received sincere help from the former Soviet Union from design to construction.
The museum included 3floors with more than 12,000 documents and artifacts of original film about the life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh. This is an invaluable asset of the Vietnamese in the education of patriotism being preserved and displayed with three main parts.
The introduction showcases the life and revolutionary career of President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnamese people.
Next is the exhibition about the country of Vietnam, the struggles and victories of the Vietnamese people in the Ho Chi Minh era.
The last part shows some historical events of the world that impacted the revolutionary activities of President Ho Chi Minh and the Vietnam Revolution.
Presidential palace Hanoi opening hours
Location No 2 Hung Vuong- Ba Dinh – Hanoi
Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, and Sunday
Morning from 8:00 - 12:00, afternoon from 2:00 - 16:30
Close on Monday and Friday
Not allowed to go in – visitors can see from outside.
Presidential palace Hanoi
It was built in the early XX century (1900 - 1906), designed by French architecture. The total area of the building is nearly 1300 square meters with 30 rooms. Each room has its style decorated. During the French colonial rule, the building was called the Governor-General of Indochina.
Being the founder of the Democratic Republic of Viet Nam but Uncle Ho refused to stay in this grandiose building and use a small house instead. (Calling House 54).
The building was renamed Presidential Palace after Hanoi liberation in October 1954. Here, President Ho Chi Minh often chairs the meetings of the Government Council to decide significant issues of the country, welcoming international visitors and meeting with the Vietnamese people.
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In December 1954, President Ho Chi Minh returned to work at the Presidential Palace. However, Uncle Ho did not like to stay in the house used as the Presidential Palace, formerly the old Governor-General of Indochina. He decided to stay in the house of the electrician serving the Governor-General. (we call house 54 because he starts to work and stay1954 – 1958).
House 54 has three rooms, where he stays, works, and where Uncle Ho receives guests. It is right near the pond fish.
The dining room still displays simple daily items such as a table, chair, ball, chopstick, etc.
From 1958 he moved to still house.
After four years of building the economy, Northern Vietnam has some archives. Politburo wants to create a new house for Uncle Ho. It's designed similar to the stilt houses often seen in Northern mountainous areas, reminding him of the arduous days preparing for the Revolution.
Start built on April 15th, 1958, and inaugurated on May 17th, 1958. The house has two floors. The 1st is the meeting area, and the 2nd floor is the bedroom and study room contains a bed, electric clock, an antique telephone, and radio donated by expatriate Vietnamese in Thailand.
The garden is nearby with fruit trees (coconut, pomelo), willows, hibiscus, etc.
Visitors can see and feel the pure and straightforward lifestyle of Uncle Ho.
This is a very simple house
This is one of the oldest pagodas in Hanoi. It was built in 1049 by King Ly Thanh Tong follow an exciting story. This is not only a pagoda with unique artistic architecture in Vietnam and Asia, but One Pillar Pagoda is also a symbol of capital with a thousand-year history.
One pillar pagoda
Ba Dinh Square is the largest square in Vietnam, located on Hung Vuong street and in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Many important landmarks in Vietnamese history, especially on September 2nd, 1945, President Ho Chi Minh Vietnam read Independence Declaration.
Ba Dinh square
Visitors can walk if they stay in Hanoi's old quarter, go by taxi, or grab a bike.
By bus number 09: Direction: Hoan Kiem lake – Cau Giay – Bo Ho. This bus stops at 91 – 93 Le Hong Phong street, from where you can walk to the mausoleum's entrance.
Tank tops, mini-skirts, sleeveless shirts are not allowed. In case, forget to wear long clothes, visitors can buy a scarf at the main gate and use it while inside the mausoleum. The price is a bit higher than normal.
Do not bring a knight, lighter, weapon. Water and liquids are not allowed through the security checkpoint.
Cameras, mobile phones, and big luggage can't bring inside. Visitors can leave outside near guards and get it back after finish visit the insider mausoleum.
No shooting, video recording in restricted areas, especially inside the mausoleum
Do not put your hands in your pockets. Take off the hat and sunglasses when entering the mausoleum.
Must keep quiet while visiting the insider mausoleum.
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Author Hoan Nguyen
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He has over 10 years of experience working in the tourism sector and operator. He has traveled to many places in Vietnam and around the world.