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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a monumental building in Hanoi, Vietnam, where the body of the Vietnamese revolutionary leader and president Ho Chi Minh is preserved. It is located in the center of Ba Dinh Square, where Ho Chi Minh declared the independence of Vietnam on September 2, 1945. The mausoleum was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow, but has distinctive Vietnamese features, such as the sloping roof and the grey granite exterior.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is open to the public every morning except Monday and Friday, from 7:30 am to 10:30 am (or 11:00 am on weekends and holidays).

Visitors must follow a strict dress code and etiquette, such as wearing modest clothes, removing hats and sunglasses, keeping silent and not taking photos inside the mausoleum.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum entrance is free of charge.

To get to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, visitors can take a bus, taxi or motorbike to Ba Dinh Square, which is about 2 km from the Old Quarter of Hanoi. Alternatively, visitors can walk along the scenic Hoan Kiem Lake and the French Quarter to reach the square. There are also many tours that include the mausoleum in their itinerary, such as the Hanoi City Tour or the Ho Chi Minh Complex Tour. These tours usually also visit other attractions nearby, such as the Ho Chi Minh Museum, the One Pillar Pagoda, the Presidential Palace and the Temple of Literature.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is not only a historical and cultural site, but also a symbol of national pride and reverence for Ho Chi Minh, who is widely regarded as the father of modern Vietnam. Inside the mausoleum, visitors can see his embalmed body lying in a glass coffin, surrounded by a military guard of honor. The body is periodically sent to Russia for maintenance and preservation. Outside the mausoleum, visitors can witness the changing of the guards ceremony, which takes place every hour. The mausoleum is also a venue for official ceremonies and parades on national holidays, such as Independence Day or Ho Chi Minh’s birthday.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must-see attraction for anyone who wants to learn more about the history and culture of Vietnam, and to pay respect to one of its most influential and beloved leaders.

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