Best MonthsDecember - August
Traveller TypesCouples, Friends
Rank15 out of 230 attractions in Hanoi
Places to stay near Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
Reviews • 9
While in the city, you can also visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum which as the name suggests is dedicated to the late Vietnamese leader.
Our two guides met us at our hotel promptly at 8am. First we took a cab to Ho Chi Minh Complex which includes HCM Mausoleum, President's Palace and HCM's quarter. We skipped going inside HCM Mausoleum as the queue there was unbelievably long, longer than what I have seen outside Eiffel Tower and Colosseum ! A huge number of Vietnamese visit the Mausoleum to pay their respects to 'Uncle Ho' , as they refer to HCM. Their regard for the leader is such as for one's own family. Interestingly, Ho Chi Minh in his will had written that he wants to be cremated after death, but the Vietnamese people decided to mummify him, on display today inside the Mausoleum.
I started in Hanoi, Vietnam’s capital; 1000 years of history and the most intoxicating blend of Viet culture, Chinese-inspired monuments and French colonial architecture. Depending on what time your flight arrives in Hanoi either jump straight into the tours and do everything in an afternoon, staying just one night, or split it over a day and a half, staying two nights. One of the main sights is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (closed October, November, every Monday and Friday, and also afternoons).
Ho Chi Minh is loved here in Vietnam and you will see pictures of him everywhere if you have time you can go visit the man himself at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum located right in the heart of Hanoi. Be warned though as the dress code is extremely strict make sure you cover the shoulders, change out of the shorts and don’t wear flip-flops. Photos in the Mausoleum and within the yellow lines are also seriously prohibited and will get you into trouble. Check dates and times before you go and take note that every second October “Uncle Ho” goes on holiday to Russia for a touch up.10- Visiting the war museum, HCMC
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Complex is home to Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the Presidential Palace and the Ho Chi Minh Museum. The Mausoleum is actually quite an eyesore, but is a grand concrete structure that houses the pale, delicate body of Ho Chi Minh. It is built along the lines of the tombs of Lenin, Stalin and Mao. The atmosphere reeks of authoritarian ideals with the guards in white military uniforms and the constant need for disciplined behaviour from the tourists. If you notice the locals, they revere their leader like a God. You are expected to dress modestly, photography is absolutely prohibited and your bags will be screened before you enter. If luck is on your side, you will be able to witness the changing of the guards outside the edifice. Do note that the mausoleum is shut for two months every year for Ho Chi Minh's embalmed body to go to Russia for maintenance. The entry is free but check for the timings in advance.
Nothing much here, just a picture spot when you are walking past this monument.
Another very popular sightseeing spot is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Ho Chi Minh's body is embalmed and on display, similar to Mao's body in China's Tiananmen Square. The Mausoleum is only open until 11:30am every morning, and apparently there is a very long line of people wanting to catch a glimpse of his body. We skipped the viewing, choosing instead to explore the grounds behind the mausoleum, where we saw the presidential palace and other historic sights like Ho Chi Minh's old residence and the One Pillar Pagoda.
We'll visit the mausoleum and the president's humble house-on-stilts, we're you can visit the One Pillar Pagoda and its adjacent Buddhist temple called Dien Huu. We'll then head to visit the famous Temple of Literature, which is known to be Vietnam's first university and is famous for having been the principal Confucian sanctuary in the country. We'll then head to enjoy a local meal.
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh) is a large memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietminh leader Ho Chi Minh, Chairman of the Communist Party of Vietnam from 1951 until his death in 1969, read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.