Located at 8 Hung Vuong street, Dien Bien, Ba Dinh, Hanoi. Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum at Ba Dinh Square is among the most visited attractions in Hanoi. It’s the final resting place of Ho Chi Minh, the most iconic and popular leader of Vietnam, known as Uncle Ho. Vietnamese maintained his own body here in a glass case in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
How Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is unique?
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is built of tens of thousands of cubic meters of stone, with a total height of 21.6 m and width of 41.2 m. The structure consists of 3 layers: the lower layer and the top layer have a trapezoid shape, while the middle is the remains room, corridor and stairs.
The surface is covered with grey granite, inside surface is red and polished grey stone. In addition to the face and background, the steps are covered with marble. The main door is covered with polished black stone, the walls and columns are marble. The words “President Ho Chi Minh” are made of stone from the Cao Bang region.
Only Uncle Ho’s room is covered with marble of Ha Tay. Two large flags of the Party and Fatherland are assembled from 4,000 ruby stones taken from Thanh Hoa. Images of hammer and sickle with a pentagram made of bright yellow marble. Two sets of wooden doors sent by the people in the South and built by carpenters in Nghe An, Nam Ha and Ha Bac areas. With this scale and feat, the Ho Chi Minh mausoleum deserves to be considered as the largest cultural and artistic work in Vietnam.
Top things to do
Normally, visitors will visit the whole area in sequence: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to Stilt House, Uncle Ho’s fish pond. Then you will visit Ho Chi Minh Museum and finally One Pillar Pagoda. From the entrance to Ho Chi Minh Museum at 19 Ngoc Ha, Ba Dinh. You follow the instructions of the management of the mausoleum to visit Uncle Ho’s mausoleum.
Summer days, or public holidays will be quite long and crowded so please remember to line up. Once inside the mausoleum, follow the directions of the signpost and follow the flow of people ahead.
The road from the mausoleum leading to Uncle Ho’s stilt house is very beautiful. With a lake and garden, so the air is extremely cool. Visitors can learn more about Uncle Ho’s revolutionary and career. Besides, you can visit a small and simple house to learn more about his idyllic life. After visiting the stilt house, the presidential palace and the museum will come to the refreshment counter and sell souvenirs.
Finally, you can visit the One Pillar Pagoda. It’s an extremely unique architectural work of our country with an established record: The temple has the most unique architecture. One Pillar Pagoda is known as the thousand-year-old lotus of Hanoi capital, one of the symbols of the capital. So if you come here, remember to visit this temple to admire its beauty.
When is the best time to visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum?
In the summer, from April to the end of October, the mausoleum is open from 7:30 am to 10:30 pm. On Saturdays, Sundays and other holidays, the mausoleum is open from 7:30 am to 11 am.
In winter, from November to the end of March next year, the mausoleum is open from 8:00 am to 11:00 am. For Saturday, Sunday and public holidays, the mausoleum is open from 8 am to 11:30am.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is usually open in the mornings of the week except for Mondays and Fridays. However, on special days. Such as the 1st of Lunar New Year, May 19 (Uncle Ho’s birthday) and September 2 (National Day) that coincide on Monday or Friday, the mausoleum will still be open.
You can consult in advance to be able to visit Uncle Ho’s mausoleum
How to go there?
If you visit Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum by motorbike, you can park your car outside at Ong Ich Khiem Street. It is opposite the Tomb Command or No. 19 Ngoc Ha Street – the entrance to Ho Chi Minh Museum.
If you go by bus, you can go to routes 09, 18, 22, 33, 45, 50 to the stop at 18A, Le Hong Phong is the closest point to the mausoleum.
Some hotels nearest:
- Mövenpick Hotel Hanoi
- JM Marvel Hotel & Spa
- Pullman Hanoi
- Le Beryl Hanoi Hotel
- MF Boutique Spa – Massage in Hanoi
What to eat?
Some restaurants nearest the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum:
- Cong Cafe 32 Dien Bien Phu 0.4 km from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Le Hanoi Gourmet 51 Quoc Tu Giam 0.8 km from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Nam Long Restaurant 36 Dien Bien Phu 0.3 km from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Bar Betta 34c-Cao Ba Quat Ba Dinh 0.5 km from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Ren 8A Hang Chao Street 0.4 km from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
- Ngon Villa Restaurant 10 Tong Duy Tan Hoan Kiem District is 1.1 km from Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum