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A Comprehensive Guide to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is one of Vietnam’s most visited tourist attractions. It is the final resting place of President Ho Chi Minh, a great and legendary general who led the country through slavery. A visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a fascinating experience and a national history exploration that every tourist must experience.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi – A General View

Location: Hung Vuong Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi

Opening hours:

  • In the summer (May-August): Begin at 7:30 AM to 10 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 7:30 AM to 11 AM on Saturday and Sunday
  • In the winter (December-February): Begin at 8 AM to 11 AM on Tuesday, Wednesday, Thursday and 8 AM to 11:30 AM on Saturday and Sunday
  • Closed on Monday and Friday
  • Closed from 5th September to 5th November for annual preservation

Entrance fee: Free

A trip to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi usually takes about 1 to 3 hours (including queuing time), depending on how much and how far the tourists want to explore.

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President Ho Chi Minh was a leader of Vietnam who sacrificed for the country’s freedom. His last wish was to be cremated and have ashes scattered in 3 regions of Vietnam: the North, the South, and the Central. However, the government decided to embalm President Ho’s body and build this mausoleum as his final resting place so international tourists and residents from all over Vietnam could come and show their gratitude. The construction of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi started on September 2nd, 1973, when President Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2nd, 1945, the center of Ba Dinh Square.

Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is a golden opportunity to learn about the struggles and uprisings of the Vietnamese people during the war-torn years and how the leader at the time—President Ho—led the country through the sorrowful years of Vietnam’s history.

president ho chi minh ho chi minh mausoleum in hanoi
President Ho Chi Minh has had a great impact on the independence and development of Vietnam

Visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum – Dos And Don’ts

DO maintain proper attitude: Be civilized and respectful; stay in queues and talk quietly.

DO come early and keep patient since the entire experience can take up to 3 hours.

DON’T wear inappropriate clothes: shorts, skirts, and sleeveless shirts are not allowed.

DON’T try to take photos or shoot videos in restricted areas unless the tourists wanted to be escorted out.

Security check before entering the complex

Upon arrival at the mausoleum, you will walk through a scanner entrance to ensure no prohibited objects are brought inside (including water and other liquids). This is where you’re given a tote handbag to put in your recording devices and iPads or smart tablets. After that, give the bag to the security right beside the entrance and get a plastic keychain with a number attached. Don’t lose the keychain as you’ll use it to claim your belongings back at the end of the visit to the mausoleum.

Phones are allowed but be respectful, set it to silence and don’t take pictures where inappropriate.

Main Attractions of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex

  • Ba Dinh Square
  • Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
  • The Presidential Palace
  • Ho Chi Minh Stilt House
  • Ho Chi Minh Museum
  • One Pillar Pagoda

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi – An Inside Look

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a huge complex with the outside part consists of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and Ba Dinh Square and the inside part, lying behind the Mausoleum, includes The Presidential Palace, Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, Ho Chi Minh Museum and One Pillar Pagoda.

Ba Dinh Square

When tourists come to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Ba Dinh Square is the first thing coming into sight. Visitors have to wait in a long line, cross this square before entering the Mausoleum. Ba Dinh Square is originally built by the French colony, but later, it has become a historical witness since Ho Chi Minh chose this as the place to read the Declaration of Independence, announce the birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

Ba Dinh Square is a historical witness for many different important milestones

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Inside the Mausoleum is a solemn space where the embalmed body of President Ho Chi Minh is placed. Try to keep quiet and abide by the rules since the Mausoleum is a place of high respect and great historical values.

Regulations Tourists Should Know When Going inside Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

– Short pants, skirts, and sleeveless shirts are prohibited
– Recording devices are not allowed to enter the Mausoleum; the guard will collect these at the front door
– No shooting or audio recording in restricted areas
– Children under 3 years old are not allowed to go inside the Mausoleum
– Be polite, respectful and patient; talk quietly and stand in queues

The Presidential Palace

The Presidential Palace used to be one of the most expensive architectural constructions during the Indochina period. It is imbued with the symbolic French architecture design. Therefore, when being asked to move into the palace to live and work comfortably, Ho Chi Minh turned down the suggestion and said that he did not like the “smell” of colonists in the palace!

The palace is yellow with some materials tailor-made in Vietnam and some imported from France and other European countries

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House

This is where President Ho Chi Minh spent the rest of his life living and working. The stilt house bears traditional features of that in the Northern mountainous region. President Ho wanted to keep the place as minimal as possible, with little to no modern devices. The stilt house is located near the pond and in a private garden, hence it is mostly cool all year round and bears a peaceful and nostalgic ambiance.

There are guards over watching the house during visiting hours
The lake is said to be where Ho Chi Minh would come to relax

Ho Chi Minh Museum

Ho Chi Minh Museum is opened to celebrate the 100th birthday of President Ho Chi Minh. The architecture resembles a white lotus, Vietnam’s national flower. The museum displays a vast collection of precious items that belonged to Ho Chi Minh and an exhibition of several significant battles of the Vietnamese against the invaders.

Ho Chi Minh Museum
A statue of Ho Chi Minh at the front of the museum
The exhibition depicting Ho Chi Minh’s childhood village

Opening hours:

– In the morning: 8 AM – 12 AM
– In the afternoon: 2 PM – 4:30 PM
– Closed on: Monday and Friday afternoon

Entrance fee: VND 40,000/adult

If you are in Ho Chi Minh City, check out our article about the Ho Chi Minh Museum in Ho Chi Minh City

One Pillar Pagoda

Tourists are not likely to have a complete experience without paying a visit to One Pillar Pagoda – the most unique pagoda in Asia. This pagoda consists of a square house located on a stone pillar, creating the vision of a lotus rising from the lake. One Pillar Pagoda is also considered as one of the oldest pagodas in Vietnam, with nearly 100 years old.

This pagoda is built under King Ly Thai Tong Dynasty, in 1049

Conclusion on Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi is one of the most visited tourist attractions in Vietnam. Do not miss the chance to pay a visit to the final resting place of the greatest leader of Vietnam and experience the peaceful and solemn atmosphere, which is a different vibe from the chaotic streets.

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