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“Reverently Spooky”

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Half-Day Historical Sites Tour of Hanoi
Ranked #22 of 278 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Every year many thousands of respectful citizens and tourists visit the final resting place of the country’s most notable historic figure.
London, England, United Kingdom
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Reverently Spooky”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

This was one of the most original and different 'tourist attractions' I've ever visited. You walk through in quite an orderly queue ushered on by armed guards, who really don't like it if you stop to peer for a closer look. Having said that they aren't at all intimidating, just serious and keeping order. Uncle Ho's body is remarkably well preserved - apparently it gets regular maintenance by being sent to Russia. I felt quite sad that the man himself wanted no such worship or veneration and had requested to be buried after death - I suppose he's the victim of his own success by beating the French and then the Americans. Remember it's only open in the mornings and check the day too. It's also worth driving past at night as the building is transformed by lighting into quite an imposing presence, and there are always Vietnamese exercising and doing other things at the front of it, which makes good people watching.

Visited November 2012
Thank Robin B
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Leighton Buzzard, United Kingdom
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“Grand memories”
Reviewed November 9, 2012

Tis is a typical mausoleum to a father if a nation. It is brutal architecture allegedly resembling a lotus flower (!) set in a massive square for the populous to stand in and revere him. The doors are guarded by magnificently uniformed soldiers including one who is there to keep you on the right side of the yellow line. Ho Chi Minh was not available to be viewed as he was being 'maintained' in a similar way to Lenin .

Visited October 2012
Thank Michael W
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Oakville, Canada
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“He was away..”
Reviewed November 8, 2012

Ho was just starting his vacation for three months in France -- or was taken away for dusting, so you could only see outside when we were there. Grandness and wide open spaces reminds me of Tienamen Square in Beijing. Good to drive near. Unless you need exercise, I wouldn't bother walking around.

Visited November 2012
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Antwerp, Belgium
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“Wasn't open for public”
Reviewed November 6, 2012

What a shame, the corpse of Ho Chi Min was out of the country for 'treatment' in Russia. We had to watch the mausoleum from the outside on a foggy day.... Not the ideal circumstances. But then again no visit to Hanoi is complete without a visit to the mausoleum

Visited November 2012
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Scottsdale, Arizona
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Reviewed November 5, 2012

The fact that Ho Chi Minh was such a private and reclusive man in his later years to see his mausoleum to be so public. It was interesting to see the military defense force in there special uniforms and there dedication reminded me of the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier.

Visited October 2012
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