Ba Dinh Square Description:
Ba Dinh Square is the epicenter of politics in Vietnam’s capital, Hanoi.
The large, well-kept lawns of the square are bordered by broad streets purpose built for communist style military parades. Some of Hanoi’s most important political and historical structures are around the square including Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, The Presidential Palace, The National Assembly, and several Vietnamese government offices.
The square was named after the Ba Din Uprising, a failed late 19th century rebellion against French colonial rule in Vietnam.
On September 2, 1945, Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence from French rule on what would later become the square. The square is often viewed as a symbol of national pride and resilience by the Vietnamese.
Best Time to Visit Ba Dinh Square:
Hanoi’s weather is temperate year-round making it an excellent sightseeing destination regardless of the season. From February to April the weather is humid, but light rains often provide cooling relief to travelers enjoying the city. May and August are the months with the highest temperatures, and the weather gradually cools from September through January.
How to get to Ba Dinh Square:
Ba Dinh Square is centrally located in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District. There are numerous sightseeing monuments in the area that we recommend guests on our luxury tours of Vietnam take the time to visit. The square is best reached via our private vehicle services.
Ba Dinh Square Highlights:
Ba Dinh Square’s central location and proximity to numerous other historic monuments and buildings mean it’s a must-see on our travel itineraries.
Appropriate Attire :
While western style clothing options are fine to wear when visiting the square, some monuments and buildings in the area, like Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum, require shoulders, arms, and knees to be covered upon entry or accessed will be denied. The mausoleum also requires photo and video equipment to be checked into secure lockers before entering the tomb.