Ho Chi Minh Complex
26 Jun 2017 by KATE LE
Vietnam takes pride on the very first President – Ho Chi Minh, the National Liberation Hero, who founded the Democratic Republic of Vietnam, expressed in the construction of Ho Chi Minh Complex in Hanoi.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum.
Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum
Built from granite and marble, Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum is a three-stories building stands out from the surroundings. Here quotes “Nothing is more precious than independence and freedom” on the top face of the mausoleum. Going inside, tourists will be able to see Ho Chi Minh president’s body lying in the middle of the room as if he is only just taking a long and soundly sleep and still wearing his simple clothes that he wore when he was alive. Visitors to the mausoleum should remember that cameras, cellphones, bare-shoulder T-shirts or miniskirts are not allowed during the visit.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum's entrance.
» Opening time: 5 days per week, except Monday and Friday
Cold seasons (from November to March): 8:00 a.m - 11:00 a.m
Hot seasons (from April to October): 7:30 a.m - 10:30 a.m
Closed once per year in October/ November/ or December for the body maintenance
The president palace, featuring the unique French architecture of the French colonialists, was originally built to house the Presidents. Yet, it is now used as the place for government diplomatic meetings.
Presidental Place where holds political events.
Ho Chi Minh’s residence
Refusing to live in a such a luxurious President Palace, Ho Chi Minh President chose to live and work in a much more simple and natural-oriented home with distinctive structure of wooden tiled house on stilts which is a typical structure of minor ethnic people in Vietnam.
Visitors will first notice the peacefulness of the house with a garden of fruit trees and a fishpond at the front side. Walking up the house, visitors can learn how simple a great president life is as there are only a bookshelf, a typewriter on a table, a chair and a bed inside.
Ho Chi Minh residence's view.
One Pillar Pagoda
Being a part of the complex, One Pillar pagoda is the most ancient building which was in 1904 under Ly Dynasty. Legend told that King Ly Thanh Tong had the pagoda built in the shape of a lotus, based on his dream, then thanks to that he was given a baby boy to inherit his crown.
One pillar pagoda inside Ho Chi Minh Complex.
» Opening time: The pagoda is open daily from 8 a.m to 5 p.m. Entrance is free.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
The final stop of the visit ends with Ho Chi Minh museum. The main ground of the building is the exhibition area which displays more than 2000 documents and show-pieces that systematically reflect President Ho Chi Minh’s life and some of the revolutionary causes.
Millions of Vietnamese people from all age group and far regions all bear in mind that they need to at least visit and pay their respect for the nation beloved father Uncle Ho once in their lifetime.
Ho Chi Minh Museum entrance.
Ho Chi Minh's statue after the entrance.
Ho Chi Minh museum's displays.
Ho Chi Minh museum's statue.