Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

If Hanoi is the economic and cultural center of Vietnam, President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in the heart of the capital. Not only it is a work of cultural and historical value but also a famous tourist attraction. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is considered the soul of the capital in Vietnam. Here you can directly see Uncle Ho, admire the vast scenery of the square, and explore many attractions around it.

Location of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, also known as Uncle Ho’s mausoleum. This is the place to place and keep the body of the outstanding leader – Ho Chi Minh. The mausoleum was started construction on September 2, 1973, and completed in 1975 in the middle of Ba Dinh Square, No. 2 Hung Vuong Street, Dien Ban Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City.

Ho Chi Minh MausoleumHo Chi Minh Mausoleum, also known as Uncle Ho’s mausoleum. This is the place to place and keep the body of the outstanding leader – Ho Chi Minh. The mausoleum was started construction on September 2, 1973, and completed in 1975 in the middle of Ba Dinh Square, No. 2 Hung Vuong Street, Dien Ban Ward, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi City.
Architecture of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Uncle Ho’s mausoleum is built with tens of thousands of cubic meters of stone, with a total height of 21.6 m and width of 41.2 m. The structure consists of 3 layers: the lower layer and the top layer have a perron shape; In the middle are the body of Ho Chi Minh, the hallway, and the stairs. The surface is covered with gray granite, inside surface is red and polished gray stone. The background and steps are covered with granite. The main door is covered with polished black stone, the walls and columns are marble. The words “President Ho Chi Minh” are made of stone from the Cao Bang region.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an elaborate stone construction. Image: Wikipedia.

Uncle Ho’s room is covered with marble of Ha Tay. The two big Party and Fatherland flags were assembled from 4,000 ruby stones taken from Thanh Hoa. Images of hammer and sickle with a pentagram made of bright yellow marble. Two sets of wooden doors sent by the people in the South and built by carpenters in Nghe An, Nam Ha, and Ha Bac areas. With this size and feat, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum deserves to be considered as the largest cultural and artistic work in Vietnam.

Experience of visiting President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Tickets to visit Uncle Ho Mausoleum

As a rule, Uncle Ho’s mausoleum does not charge entrance fees, people and foreign visitors do not have to pay any fees when entering Uncle Ho’s mausoleum, including the areas around the mausoleum such as Hanoi Ba Dinh Square, One Pillar Pagoda, Ho Chi Minh Museum.

visitors queue up to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Visitors queue up to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

The time for visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

To meet the needs of tourists, agencies, and mass organizations from many parts of the world to visit, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open every day of the week, except Monday and Friday. On Holidays / New Year, it is still open. However, opening hours will vary between weekdays and holidays, and depending on the season.

* From April 1 to October 31: Uncle Ho’s mausoleum will open to welcome guests at 7:30 am and close at 10:30 am. Weekends and holidays will allow visitors to arrive at 11:00 am.

* From November 1 to March 31 of the following year: the mausoleum opens at 8am and closes at 11 am (for weekdays), holidays and weekends close at 11:30 am.

How to reach Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum?

To travel to the mausoleum, you can go by private transport and public transport. If traveling by private vehicle, you should park the car on Ong Ich Khiem Street (the place opposite the High Command) or No. 19 Ngoc Ha Street near the entrance to Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Location of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Location of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

In the case of going by bus, you can take bus number 09, 18, 22, 33, 45 or 50. These buses stop at 18A Le Hong Phong – the closest stop to Uncle Ho’s mausoleum. In addition, you can also refer to the double-decker bus Your Vacation Travel for more convenient travel.

Uncle Ho’s mausoleum is a meeting place, a gathering place for the sacred feelings of millions of people all over the country. Visiting Uncle Ho’s mausoleum for everyone as an emotional need, habits to express gratitude to roots. All old and young, big and small, from the mountains to the plains, irrespective of position or religion, wish to visit Uncle Ho once.

Inside the mausoleum, the first feeling that you feel is the solemn, quiet atmosphere. You can not help get emotional when standing by and watching Uncle Ho peacefully in his long sleep.

Visiting the complexes around Uncle Ho Mausoleum

After visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, visitors should visit the whole area in sequence: Stilt houses, Uncle Ho’s fish pond, Ho Chi Minh Museum, and the last point is One Pillar Pagoda.

From the entrance to the Museum follow the instruction of the Administration or follow the line ahead. The path from the mausoleum leading to Uncle Ho’s stilt is very beautiful, with a fruit orchard, a clear blue lake with lots of colorful fish, and a very cool atmosphere. You can visit the simple, small house to learn more about people’s daily life. Next is to explore the museum – a place to keep the achievements and career of Uncle Ho during the years of struggle.

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Museum in the campus of Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum

Finally, visit the One Pillar Pagoda – the work has been confirmed to be the temple with the most unique architecture. The pagoda is also known as the thousand-year-old lotus flower of the capital, is one of the symbols that when seeing people immediately think of Hanoi. So, if you come here, take the time to admire the beauty and burn incense to pray to be healthy and peaceful.

Uncle Ho fish pond inside the Stilt House area

Uncle Ho fish pond inside the Stilt House area. Image: Nếm TV.

In front of Uncle Ho’s mausoleum is a 29 m high flagpole, where national-level flag-raising and flag-lowering ceremonies are held every morning and evening. Beginning the flag-raising ceremony, a troop of soldiers departs from behind the mausoleum led by a red flag team consisting of 7 soldiers carrying the national flag; behind is a soldier steam consist of 34 soldiers. The troop approaches the flagpole according to the music of the song “Stepping under the military”. The three soldiers of the red flag team advance to prepare the flag-raising ritual; at this moment the door of the mausoleum is opened. When having the order, the flag is raised and flew up to the singing. The flag is pulled up to the top of the column, the troop go one more round in front of the mausoleum and end the ceremony.

Flag-raising ceremony at President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Flag-raising ceremony at President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Attending the flag-raising ceremony at Uncle Ho Mausoleum

At 9 pm on the same day, the flag-lowering ceremony takes place, the ceremony was similar to the flag-raising ceremony. The ceremonies are carried out very solemnly and sacred to show national pride.

Notes on visiting Uncle Ho Mausoleum

– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a solemn place, pay attention to the dress. Do not wear clothes that are too revealing, short to cause objection, it is best to wear neat and polite to show your devotion.

– When entering the mausoleum, pay attention to keep the order, go lightly, speak quietly, line up in the right way, waiting for your turn to visit. Avoid speaking out loud, especially joking, and remember to take off your hat, don’t put your hands on your pants, …

Dress politely when visiting the mausoleum

– Do not film or take photos while inside to ensure the safety of the mausoleum and Uncle Ho’s body. In particular, absolutely do not bring food or drinks from outside.

– If you want to avoid having to wait in line when visiting President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you can go to the High Command to apply for a special permit, but remember to apply 2-3 days in advance.

– Children under 3 years old are not allowed inside the mausoleum (this is according to the regulations of the Mausoleum), so when you have children with you, make sure to arrange a babysitter if you want to enter.

Visiting Uncle Ho’s mausoleum will be an interesting experience in your Hanoi travel itinerary. If you are far away and have not had the opportunity to visit, pocket these experiences and plan to be able to see Uncle Ho’s body!

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