In Hanoi tours, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the famous works that not only has historical and cultural value but also attracts many tourists to visit and admire the president of the Vietnamese nation. Join us in the following extensive and detailed experience of visiting Ho Chi Minh’s tomb.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the final resting place of Vietnamese Revolutionary leader Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is a large building located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where Ho, President of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on 2 September 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Started in 1973, the construction of the mausoleum was modeled on Lenin’s mausoleum in Russia and was first open to the public in 1975. The granite building meant a great deal for many locals as it ensures that their beloved leader ‘lives on forever’.
On the birthday, the line lined up in the tomb to visit Ho Chi Minh
It is the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known to his people as ‘Uncle Ho’. His body is preserved here in a glass case at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in central Hanoi (albeit against his wishes). For visitors, Hanoi tours to Uncle Ho’s final resting place can be an extraordinary experience as it is not just an average attraction; it’s a part of a unique history.
The materials that constitute the building, from exterior granite to interior wood, were contributed by people from all over the country. Even the garden that surrounded the Mausoleum has a collection of plants and bonsais donated from all regions in Vietnam. This shows the Vietnamese’s wish to forever keep their dear father/grandfather company. In fact, the construction of the Mausoleum was against Ho Chi Minh’s will. As he passed away, he wished to be cremated and his cremation to be scattered all over the country, so that land can be saved for agricultural production.
Security is tight and visitors should dress with respect (no shorts, sleeveless shirts, and miniskirts) and everyone has to deposit their bags and cameras before getting in. Visitors are not allowed to stop and hold the constant queue up as the place is constantly busy. Uncle Ho’s remains are sent yearly to Russia for maintenance, therefore, the mausoleum is closed usually from October onwards. It’s best to recheck with your hotel tour desk before visiting. Admission is free but donations are accepted.
In summer, from April to the end of October, the tomb is open from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays, the shrine is open from 7:30 am to 11:00 pm.
In winter, from November to the end of March next year, the mausoleum is open from 8 am to 11 pm. For Saturdays, Sundays and public holidays, the mausoleum is open from 8:00 to 11:30.
The Mausoleum is usually open in the mornings of the week except for Mondays and Fridays. However, special days such as the first day of the Lunar New Year, May 19 (Uncle’s birthday) and September 2 (National Day) that coincide on Monday or Friday will still open the door.
Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and things to note
Hopefully, with the experience of visiting Uncle Ho’s tomb full and detailed above, visitors will have a meaningful trip to Hanoi tours.