Ho Chi Minh MausoleumLast update at 11/12/2012 08:08. By Hanoi Local Guide.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
By Hanoi Local Guide
The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Lang Chu Tich Ho Chi Minh) was built by the former Soviet Union as a gift to the Vietnamese. It was opened in August 1975 although Ho Chi Minh himself died in 1969. Opening hours (free admission) are as follows:
April to October: Tuesday to Thursday (7.30am to 10.30am), Saturday to Sunday (7.30am to 11am). November to March: Tuesday to Thursday (8-11am), Saturday to Sunday (8-11.30am).
From the above, you will see that it opens during certain days of the week only and during mornings, so do take note. Unfortunately, I did not have a chance to go inside because I was there on a Friday. However, I managed to take some photos of the outside facade and explore the surrounding areas.
What I know is that the main highlight inside is Ho Chi Minh's body in a glass casket. Usually, there are long queues and all belongings, cameras etc are not allowed. Dress code and strict behavour (e.g. no laughing and jokes) must be observed or the guards will warn you. Do take note to check beforehand whether Ho Chi Minh's body is inside the mausoleum, because sometimes it may be sent to Russia for re-embalming.
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