Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi: Things You Need to Know
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Hồ Chí Minh or Lăng Bác) located in Ba Dinh Square, is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Hanoi. This is the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of the country. He is well-known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho – Bác Hồ’. He died in 1969 and the body is now preserved in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central of Hanoi.
• Location Address: No 25 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban, Ba Dinh, Hanoi
• Opening Days: Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday, Saturday, Sunday
• 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 of Charge
• Phone Contact: 024 3845 5128
For local and foreign visitors, a trip to Ho Chi Minh’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just an tourist attraction; it’s a part of a unique Vietnamese history.
Started on Sep 2nd 1973, the construction was modeled on style of Lenin's mausoleum in Russia. It consists of 3 layers with a height of 21.6 meters, a width of 41.2 meters below layer to create a three-step staircase, the middle layer is the central structure of the mausoleum including the corpse room and corridors, stairs. The outside of the tomb is lined with gray granite, the inside is made of polished gray and red stone. Around the four sides are rows of square pillars of marble, the top layer is a triangular-shaped roof. On the main side, there is the inscription: "PRESIDENT HO-CHI-MINH" with rose-pink plum stone. Around the mausoleum are gardens where more than 250 species of plants are grown from all parts of Vietnam.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum’s construction was finished on Aug 29th 1975, and it was open to the public first time in 1975. The granite construction meant a great deal for many locals as it is to ensures that their beloved Uncle Ho ‘lives on forever’.
Security of the mausoleum is tight and visitors should dress up with respect (no shorts, sleeveless shirts and miniskirts allowed) and everyone has to deposit personal belonging outside before getting in. Visitors are requied not to stop and hold the constant queue up as the place is constantly busy. Ho Chi Minh’s remains is sent to Russia yearly for maintenance, therefore the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh is closed usually from October onwards. It’s best to check updated information with your hotel staffs before visiting.
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