Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum Description:
Like the other communist leaders of the Eastern Hemisphere, Ho Chi Minh was buried in a towering marble structure after his death in 1969.
In his will, Ho Chi Minh (often cited as the father of communist Vietnam) stated he wished to be cremated and have his ashes spread across the four cardinal points of Vietnam, but the government countermanded the leader’s wishes posthumously. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum was built in the center of Hanoi on the edge of Ba Dinh Square in 1975 to hold the revolutionary leader’s embalmed remains. The entrance of the mausoleum roughly marks the spot where Ho Chi Minh read Vietnam’s Declaration of Independence in the fall of 1945, which eventually led to the partitioning of Vietnam into Communist North and Capitalist South.
The mausoleum is a three story structure is comprised of marble and granite blocks. Ho Chi Minh’s body is entombed on the second floor resting in the same set of simple clothes he wore daily as both prime minister, and eventually president of Northern Democratic Republic of Vietnam.
Best Time to Visit Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum:
Hanoi’s temperate weather makes the city a great sightseeing destination year-round. Between February and April the weather is humid and light rain is common in the early morning and afternoons. The temperature rises steadily between May and August, and finally gives way to cooling winds and occasional showers September through November. The winter months, December through January, are usually dry and cool.
How to get to Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum:
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum is located on Ba Dinh Square in Hanoi, Vietnam. Guests traveling on our luxury tours of Vietnam can reach the structure using our private, chauffeured vehicle service to navigate the hectic streets of Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minhs Mausoleum Highlights:
Travelers, particularly from the Western Hemisphere, are well served by visiting Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum for political and historical perspective of the ideological conflicts that have shaped Vietnam’s geopolitical landscape in the last century.
Appropriate Attire :
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum has a strict dress code, and guests entering must cover their shoulders, arms, and knees, or be denied entry. Cameras and cellphones are also bared inside, but can be checked into a protected locker for safety near the entrance of the tomb.