Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Things To Do In Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Hanoi


Hanoi is not only famous for many historical sites and landscapes but also has important work for the Vietnamese people. That work is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, the resting place of the great old father of the Vietnamese. And today, Culture Pham Travel will give you all the information you need about President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Where is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum?

The address is 2 Hung Vuong, Dien Ban ward, Ba Dinh district, Hanoi city. It is currently located at the old platform in the middle of Ba Dinh Square, where President Ho Chi Minh used to chair essential meetings.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ba Dinh Square is no longer strange in Hanoi. It is the largest square in Vietnam. So that you can find it here easily.

How To Get To Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

There are many ways and means for you to get to the Mausoleum Of Ho Chi Minh. You can use public transport such as a bus, rent a private car, taxi or even a motorbike for convenient transportation.

Bus to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The first is the bus; you should consider the cheap and convenient bus’s first means of transport. If this is your first time taking a bus in Hanoi, let Culture Pham Travel show you which is the right bus.

Bus To Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Bus numbers 09, 33, 22, 45, and 50 are the buses that pass through Ba Dinh Square. You might consider choosing one of them to go to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. But it would help if you looked up the departure time of those buses to be able to catch the bus on time.

Get To Presiden Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum By Car

One of the most popular ways is to use a car to move around in Hanoi. Here, you will have two options: take a taxi or hire a private car.

The first option is taxis; in Hanoi, taxis are easy to catch. At least you can see one on the road, and you can talk to the driver about the price. Or, you can call the operator directly, and there will be a way to pick you up. Big taxi companies in Hanoi, such as Mai Linh, Thanh Cong, and Thang Long, you can choose for yourself.

Get To President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum By Taxi

Besides, an even more straightforward way is to order a private car from us. We will provide you with door-to-door service, pick up and drop off at whichever end you require. We will take you anywhere in Hanoi according to your request. A driver is a person who knows a lot about Hanoi and is ready to introduce you to some restaurants and tourist attractions. If you need a private car, book now at Hanoi Car Rental.

Get To President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum By Private Car

Going to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum by Motorbike

One of the most popular means of transport in Vietnam is the motorbike. The reason is that motorbikes are small in size and easy to move through the small streets of Hanoi. To move around, you can rent a motorbike from your hotel or homestay in Hanoi.

Going To Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum By Motorbike

But if traveling by motorbike, you need to pay attention to two parking spots to avoid theft. Both locations are Ong Ich Khiem Street, opposite the Mausoleum Guard Command and Ngoc Ha Street, the entrance to the Ho Chi Minh Museum.

Opening time of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Hot season (1/4 – 31/10): Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday – Sunday, 7:30 am – 10:30 pm

Cold season (1/11 – 31/3 next year): Tuesday – Thursday and Saturday – Sunday, 8:00 – 11:00 am

Besides, the visitation time is extended by 30 minutes for Saturday, Sunday, and public holidays.

In particular, if President Ho Chi Minh’s birthday, Vietnam National Day, and the first day of the Lunar New Year fall on a Monday or Friday, the Mausoleum is still open to visitors. The mausoleum will be closed every October and November for periodic renovation.

If you have free time, go to Ba Dinh Square to watch the flag-raising and lowering ceremony daily at 6:00 am and 9:00 pm.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Tickets Price

Tickets to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be free if you are a citizen of Vietnam. If you are a foreign tourist, buying a ticket will cost you 25,000 VND ~ 1.05 USD. 

History of the construction of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

In his will, President Ho Chi Minh wanted to be cremated and laid ashes in 3 regions of the country after his death. However, according to the state’s and people’s will at that time, the Government decided to keep the body intact and place it in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Vietnamese people at home and abroad, even foreigners, can visit Uncle Ho.

In January 1970, the Soviet Union and Vietnam governments met to discuss the design and construction techniques.

From May 1970 to August 1970, people from all over the country sent 200 designs. Twenty-four options were selected and displayed. And 745,487 people visited, and 34,022 voted to make the final choice.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

In October 1970, the Government approved the task of designing the Mausoleum, with direct support from Soviet experts.

In February 1972, the Prime Minister assigned the task of building the project.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

On September 2, 1973, the groundbreaking ceremony of the Mausoleum officially took place.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

On May 19, 1975, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was inaugurated.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Today, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is not only a cultural and historical symbol of the Hanoi capital but also attracts a large number of tourists to visit.

The architecture of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Outside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The overall architecture of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a solid square block consisting of 3 layers with a height of 21.6m and a width of 41.2m. The structure of the Mausoleum is designed to be very sturdy, able to resist floods, bombs and earthquakes of magnitude seven Richter.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Hanoi

The outside of the Mausoleum is covered with gray granite, surrounded by marble columns. On top of the mausoleum, the words “CHỦ TỊCH HỒ-CHÍ-MINH” in crimson jade stone.
Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The natural landscape around the Mausoleum is green and harmonious, with more than 250 species of plants. Each tree and each flower planted here has a special meaning. They are associated with many stories during President Ho Chi Minh’s revolutionary life.

Inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The lobby is clad in red and pink marble, as the background for the words “Không Có Gì Quý Hơn Độc Lập Tự Do” and the gold-plated signature of President Ho Chi Minh. And in front of the door, two soldiers are standing guard, changing guard every hour.

Inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Inside, 200 sets of doors in the Mausoleum are made from precious woods collected from all over the country. In the middle of the Mausoleum is the room where the corpse is covered with marble. President Ho Chi Minh’s body was placed in a glass box, on a bed placed on a stone pedestal. On occasions when people visit the Mausoleum, four soldiers will stand guard.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Rules

Keep order when visiting: Visitors must behave civilly and avoid making noise when visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

Strictly queuing: Because of the number of visitors every day. So visitors need to be patient in queuing and moving, in turn, to visit according to the coordination. If visitors have little time to queue, they can contact the Mausoleum Command 2-3 days in advance to apply for a particular entry permit.

Personal stuff: Before going inside, visitors need to return the jewelry, food, metal, electronic equipment, and recordings to the area. All belongings will be returned when leaving the mausoleum area.

Do not take pictures inside the Mausoleum Of Ho Chi Minh: In the Mausoleum is the resting place of President Ho Chi Minh. Because it is a sanctuary, visitors are not allowed to take pictures. If you want to, you must follow the guards’ instructions.

Children under three years old: Ho Chi Minh President is always open to welcoming all Vietnamese citizens and foreign visitors. However, children under the age of 3 often cry easily and are difficult to control, so they are not allowed to visit.

In addition, to make the tour beautiful and meaningful, visitors need to have a sense of cultural standards during the journey, such as when entering the Mausoleum, they need to take off their hats and hold them with their right hand or not in their pockets, etc.

Attractions In Ho Chi Minh Complex

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of many attractions in Ho Chi Minh Complex. Here are some other places for your reference.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

The first place you should consider coming to when you finish visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is Ho Chi Minh Museum. To celebrate President Ho Chi Minh’s 100th birthday, the Government built the Ho Chi Minh Museum in the Ho Chi Minh Complex. The museum focuses mainly on displaying artifacts and documents about the life and people of Ho Chi Minh.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

The first floor is a hall with 400 seats, used to organize important meetings in Vietnam. On the 2nd floor is a gallery with more than 2,000 rare and precious historical artifacts showing Uncle Ho’s career through each period of the Vietnamese revolution.

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Presidential Palace

This is a work designed by a German architect for the French Indochina Governor. This work has more than 30 rooms, and the construction time is about six years. There was a time when this was the most luxurious building in Hanoi.

Presidential Palace - Culture Pham Travel

This was originally the workplace of President Ho Chi Minh, but because he did not like a luxury, he moved to another place to work.

House No.54

This house is where President Ho Chi Minh worked from 1954 to 1958. This small house has only three rooms, including a bedroom, an office and a kitchen. Because Ho Chi Minh is famous for living modestly and simply, all the utensils in this house are gifts from the people.

House No.54 - Culture Pham Travel

Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House

In March 1958, during a visit to Dai Tu district, Thai Nguyen province, Uncle Ho expressed his wish to have a Viet Bac stilt house next to the fish pond. After that, Uncle met architect Nguyen Van Ninh to plan to build a small two-story wooden house on stilts, enough for one person to live, live and work.

Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House - Culture Pham Travel

On May 17, 1958, the stilts house was completed in time for Uncle Ho’s birthday. And then, Uncle officially moved to live and work at the house on stilts. The simple house is located in the heart of Hanoi city, hidden under the green trees, surrounded by a fence of hibiscus flowers.

One Pillar Pagoda

The last place is One Pillar Pagoda, located just to the left of Ba Dinh square. It only takes a few minutes to get here. This temple is ancient and has gone through many turbulent times, with Hanoi becoming a symbol of Hanoi Buddhism.

One Pillar Pagoda - Culture Pham Travel

With its unique structure and design, you will be very impressed to see a small pagoda on a pillar in the middle of the lake. It is like a lotus in the middle of Linh Chieu lake. One Pillar Pagoda is a place you cannot miss whenever you come to Hanoi.

Culture Pham Travel, thank you for taking the time to read this article. The last word is we hope the information we provide about Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum will be helpful to you.

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