When you are in Hanoi, Vietnam, one destination you should not miss is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inaugurated on August 29, 1975. This construction work officially started on September 2, 1973 in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, designed by Vietnamese and Soviet Union architects.
The mausoleum is 21.6 metres high and features a three-stored structure. The first store was built as the shape of perron used to be as a platform for the Presidium on meetings. The second store is the main structure of the tomb including corpse room, corridors, stairs. The third is the roof of the tomb which was built as the shape of perron as well. At the main side of the tomb, there are words: Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh (Chairman Ho Chi Minh) in red plum marble inscribed across the mausoleum’s portico.
Entering the central hall, we can see the Uncle Ho’s body’s preserved in a glass coffin decorated around with Party flag and National flag, lying as if he were sleeping in the simple clothes worn when he was alive.
The Mausoleum is a significant cultural architecture which was built by materials collected from different regions in all over the country such as specious stone and wood as well as different kinds of tree and flower to decorate arround the building.
Everyday, there are many Vietnamese people and foreign visitors visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. And you should take note these things to have a perfect visit:
– Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum opening hours is from 8 am to 11 am on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thurday, Saturday and Sunday. Last entry is at 10.15 am. Every year, it will be closed in 2 months (October and November) for anual body maintenance.
– You should dress modestly and keep silient during the visit to express your respectation. Hats should be taken off and camera or cell phone is not permited.
– You should queue up and waiting to enter, so, you’d better go early.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum can be considered as the largest monument of the 20th century for Vietnamese and is really a must-see destination for all visitors when they are in Hanoi.