Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Attraction Enter at corner of Hung Vuong and Le Hong Phong Sts. | Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi, Vietnam Published on: 26-04-2017

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08:00 AM - 04:30 PM
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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is the last resting place of Ho Chi Minh. It is a symbol of gratitude and respect of Vietnamese people for president Ho Chi Minh.

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Why Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is special ?

The H Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Ch tch H Chi Minh) is a large memorial to the Vietnamese leader inHanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the center of Ba Ðình Square, which is the place where Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The building is where visitors can express their admiration and gratitude towards the common father/uncle of Vietnamese who has led the country to independence and reunification. It is popularly known among Vietnamese as Uncles’ Mausoleum, for the intimate and familiar atmosphere Ho Chi Minh always created when he was alive.

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What to explore at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum?

Architecture of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum tears a page from the Communist leader personality cult handbook: embalm the venerable leader, place his body in a massive mausoleum in the middle of a gigantic square in a historic part of town.Ho's Mausoleum takes some inspiration from Lenin's in Moscow, with its dour, angular façade of gray granite. Above the portico, the words "Chu tich Ho Chi Minh" (President Ho Chi Minh) can be clearly seen chiseled into the pediment, which is supported by twenty stout granite-covered pillars. The rectangular mausoleum is 70 feet high and 135 feet wide, creating the impression of a massive bulk looming over Ba Dinh Square.Ba Dinh Square in front of the mausoleum is noteworthy as the site where President Ho declared the independence of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. The square is composed of 240 patches of grass divided by intersecting concrete pathways; visitors are heavily discouraged from walking on the grass.

The door of the mausoleum is guarded by armed honor guards. In the mid-morning, a showy changing of the guards ceremony is performed partly for the benefit of the tourists in Ba Dinh Square.

Entering the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

To enter the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you'll have to join a snaking queue of locals and tourists waiting to enter. The queues to visit the inner sanctum can get quite long, and the wait can be interminable - visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a highlight for many locals' visits to the capital, and very few Vietnamese visiting Hanoi pass up a chance for a pilgrimage to the father of their country.Tourists are expected to surrender bags and cameras before entering the mausoleum; if you're part of a tour, you'll hand them over to your guide. Then you wait as the line slowly files through the door into the inner sanctum.Inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho's body lies in state under a glass sarcophagus, overseen by an honor guard of four sentries standing at each corner of the bier. The embalmed body is extraordinarily well preserved, and dressed in a khaki suit. His face and hands are illuminated with spotlights; the rest of the room is dimly lit.Great respect must be shown while entering - chattering, hurried movements, and indecent attire will be singled out by the mausoleum guards. Visitors are expected to keep quiet and walk slowly and steadily through the mausoleum.Upon your exiting the Mausoleum, you can continue your "re-education" in the Ho Chi Minh mythology by visiting the nearby Ho Chi Minh Museum, which contains an account of the man's life as told in allegory and his personal effects, and the Presidential Palace, on which grounds Ho Chi Minh lived after taking power (he never really moved in, contenting himself with living in the former electrician's quarters, then in a custom-built stilt house from the 1950s till his death).

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How to get to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum?

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is located in Ba Dinh Square, and is easily (and best) accessible via taxi.

Selling points

  • A Must See in Hanoi
  • Give Uncle Ho his respect
  • An Experience Like No Other
  • For History's Sake, Well Worth A Visit
  • Great sense of reverance
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Tips for you

  • Do maintain an attitude of respect. Don't talk, don't smile, and walk slowly along with the queue into the darkened inner sanctum. The guards will not hesitate to single you out if you don't maintain the proper attitude.
  • Don't take pictures. Actually, you won't be able to - the guards collect all cameras before you enter the mausoleum. You will be able to reclaim your personal effects as you leave the area.
  • Do come early. If you want to be ahead of the queue, it's important to avoid the rush of people who line up early to pay their respects. The mausoleum opens at 8am, but be there by 7am.
  • From April to September, the Mausoleum is open at 7:30am to 10:30am from Tuesdays to Thursdays; 7:30am to 11am on weekends. From December to March, the Mausoleum is open on 8am to 11am from Tuesday to Thursday, and from 8am to 11:30am on weekends.
  • The Mausoleum is closed on Fridays, and for a two-month stretch in autumn (October and November) as the embalmed body is sent to Russia for some preventive maintenance and touching-up.
  • Don't wear shorts. Or singlets, or sleeveless shirts. This is one of the holiest sites in Vietnam, if such a word may be used in a Communist country; dress up with a modicum of decency, and wear clothes that cover you up, even in warm weather.
  • Day packs can be put in a safe deposit before you enter but make sure you do not carry many valuable items with you.


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Close on Friday

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Get at the square arround 9pm! Guards will take flage down, and if you are lucky, sometimes they will fold it into flower shape! ^^ Worth to see, if you like stuff like this! At 6am they rise the flag

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The security is tight but it is a must see for any Hanoi visit.

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This is the place where Ho Chi Minh lives forever in Vietnamese heart.

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El mausoleo fabricado con mármol extraído de uno de los refugios del Viet Cong en las montañas de Da Nang. En su interior los restos embalsamados del padre del Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh.

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Make sure your shoulders and knees are covered as we nearly got sent away, but luckily my shorts rolled down! Long queue but went quickly - you have to keep moving so all over and done with quickly - but very surreal and really worth it! No bags or cameras.

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Yes this is the most serious place in Vietnam for tourist. You must wear appropriately while visiting. It was surrounded by guards and open only in the morning. Be earlier to visit this place. Although it is only a short period, you can look at Ho Chi Minh's mummified body. To know him more, proceed to the small wooden house and another grand residence he used to live. The museum nearby is not bad as well.

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Make sure to get there early as the queues build up quickly and they stop letting people line up jut after 10am. A worthy experience, even though it's odd to gaze upon a dead man in a box, it's worth it to witness how many Vietnamese people make a pilgrimage to see HCM's remains and how they react. It will give you a better understanding on his role in the national consciousness.

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Make sure your shoulders and knees are covered as we nearly got sent away, but luckily my shorts rolled down! Long queue but went quickly - you have to keep moving so all over and done with quickly - but very surreal and really worth it! No bags or cameras.

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A beautiful exhibition of the poetry and inspiration of innovation in this mans life. Closed on Monday and Friday

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