The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lang Chu Tich Ho Chi 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.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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Address: 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh, Ha Noi, Vietnam
Opening hours: Everyday except for Monday and Friday, from 8:00-11:30 and from 14:00-16:30
Entrance fee: 10,000 (USD 0.50)
Website: http://www.baotanghochiminh.vn/

History

One of the most resourceful museums in Hanoi and undoubtedly in the country, Ho Chi Minh museum is conveniently located in the Ho Chi Minh complex. It can be combined in your day trip to visit Ho Chi Minh mausoleum,One-pillar Pagoda, Ba Dinh square and the War Memorial. The whole museum is a elaborate description of Ho Chi Minh’s life, with 8 chronological topics. The first one, from 1890 to 1910 modeled after his upbringing, hometown and youth. The second topic concerns the next ten years where Ho Chi Minh travelled the world to find out a way to rescue the country from colonialism.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum View

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The next three topics, covering 1920-1945, depicted how Ho Chi Minh had translated the influence of Marxism and Leninism ideal into founding Vietnamese Communist party and striving for national independence. From 1945 to 1969, which was the time-frame portrayed in topic 6 and 7, the national hero was primarily discussed in his political life up until his pass away.

The museum is a collection of artifacts, miniatures and various gifts gathered nationally and internationally. There is also description written in English and France, as well as guided tours on request.

What guide book does not tell you about

Opposite to Ho Chi Minh Museum is a local market, taking place in a small alley visible from the entrance to the Museum. If you want to separate yourself from the tourist crowd, head to the market. There are a lot of food options on offer, from the famous Pho (Vietnamese noodles) and Che (Vietnamese pudding) to baguette and other local fares. Not only will you get a lunch deal, compared with what you would pay in the Old Quarter, but you will also have the unique chance to communicate with the “real” local.

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