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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi

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Erected on the spot from which the legendary Vietnamese leader proclaimed the country's independence, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum serves as the final resting place of the leader's mummified body. Although the beloved "Uncle Ho" wished to be cremated, his followers decided to put his embalmed remains in a glass case. Today, his pale body lies exposed to the views of devoted pilgrims and curious tourists moving slowly in endless rows during most of the year--except for a period when it gets sent to Russia for conservation. The building--inspired by the Lenin's mausoleum in Moscow--was erected in the early 1970s. Inquire about proper etiquette before you enter--keep your hands out of your pockets, do not hold up the line, and don't attempt to take photographs. Use our Hanoi driving holiday planner to arrange your visit to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and other attractions in Hanoi.
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  • The staff were rude and hostile, which unfortunately is a common theme in most places in Hanoi. The mausoleum itself is quite quick and I’m not sure what the interest is with seeing a dead... 
    The staff were rude and hostile, which unfortunately is a common theme in most places in Hanoi. The mausoleum itself is quite quick and I’m not sure what the interest is with seeing a dead...  more »
  • This encompassing commemoration is a reminder of Vietnam's communist identity. The mausoleum is a Lenin-sque monument to the founding father of red Vietnam. Patriotic Vietnamese goes inside to see... 
    This encompassing commemoration is a reminder of Vietnam's communist identity. The mausoleum is a Lenin-sque monument to the founding father of red Vietnam. Patriotic Vietnamese goes inside to see...  more »
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  • Very much worth going with a guide who can walk you around and explain everything and the history ( one sided as it may be ). They put dress codes on people so watch out and if you look like a western tourist you are scrutinised heavily. You get a feel for different architectural styles from the yellow French buildings to the grey and very communist mausoleum structure built by the Russians. Our party chose not to see the dead body but I understand it can be very interesting. It certainly is a very interesting and effective price of propaganda and well worth a visit !
  • Although the entire "square" may be open during the hours listed on Google Maps, the entrance to the Mausoleum itself is only open until 10:30am or something like that. I went with a small group of fellow tourists and I think I was literally the last person they let in before they closed it. It is very similar to Lenin's Mausoleum in Moscow (gee, I wonder why?) in that once you enter there are guards everywhere and you better not stop walking, even as you pass the wax-looking figure in a glass case. Once you are through the mausoleum you can slow down and enjoy some of the other nearby sites like the single-pillar pagoda or Ho Chi Minh's stilt house.

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