Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a sacred place built to keep Ho Chi Minh’s body remained after he passed away so that he can somehow find contentment in seeing Vietnam united. The place so far has had millions of tourists as well as Vietnamese people from every part of the country visiting each year.
Brief introduction about Ho Chi Minh
Ho Chi Minh (19/5/1890-2/9/1969) was the first president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, who dedicated his life to save the country from invaders. He was also the founder of Vietnam Communist Party. For all Vietnamese family, he was regarded as the Great father or simply Uncle Ho.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
The building was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow but reflects Vietnamese architectural elements.
All the materials used for building the mausoleum were collected from many parts of the country which expresses Vietnamese people’s love to their dearest Father.
Construction & Architecture
Construction work began on September 2, 1973, and the mausoleum was formally inaugurated on August 29, 1975. It was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow but incorporates distinct Vietnamese architectural elements, such as the sloping roof. The exterior is made of grey granite, while the interior is grey, black and red polished stone. The mausoleum’s portico has the words “Chủ tịch Hồ-Chí-Minh” (President Ho Chi Minh) inscribed across it. The banner beside says “Nước Cộng Hòa Xã Hội Chủ Nghĩa Việt Nam Muôn Năm” (en: “Long Live The Socialist Republic of Viet Nam”).
The structure is 21.6 meters (70.9 feet) high and 41.2 meters (135.2 feet) wide. Flanking the mausoleum are two platforms with seven steps for parade viewing. The plaza in front of the mausoleum is divided into 240 green squares separated by pathways. The gardens surrounding the mausoleum have nearly 250 different species of plants and flowers, all from different regions of Vietnam.
The embalmed body of President Ho Chi Minh is preserved in the cooler, central hall of the mausoleum, which is protected by a military honour guard. The body lies in a glass case with dim lights. The mausoleum is generally open to the public.
The two flags on the wall are the national flag and the Communist party flag. Both are grafted from 4,000 pieces of rubies from Thanh Hoa province.
The body of Ho Chi Minh president lies in a glass case with dim lights. He is wearing the Kaki costume with a pair of rubber sandals.
The coffin is a work of art made by the craft master of the two countries Vietnam – Soviet. Beds are made from bronze with lotus patterns, and placed on a rock pedestal, with automatic lift system.
Address: 2 Hùng Vương, Điện Bàn, Ba Đình, Hà Nội 100000
Opened: August 29, 1975
Height: 22 m
Hours: 7:30 AM – 10:30 AM
Phone: 024 3845 5128
Distance from La Sinfonía del Rey Hotel: 4.8 km – 15 min drive