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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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  • A very well maintained Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum with memories of the great leader like his cars, bedroom , dinning room and his modest style of living sacrificing the palatial building next to it. Beauti...  more »
  • Despite the long line will move fast (expect around 30 min). There have only a few seconds to view the embalmed body of Ho-Chi - Minh. Really impressive as they honored their heroes. It's worth the time.
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  • If you are the first to go Vietnam, the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum worth spending a half day to visit. Please remind that the Mausoleum only open in the morning.  more »
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  • Expect to be waiting for a while. I advise to get there early in the morning, as opening hours are limited and it closes around midday. Appropriate cloths required (long pants). I was waiting for approx. 2 hrs, even though i arrived before 8 a.m.. From my point of view worthy to see, as it's one of the most sanctified place, they have in Vietnam. Locals seem to come here frequently. Be aware that you've only got a brief look on laid out Ho Chi Minh. Refrain from using cell phones
  • A must see when it Hanoi. Though very popular and busy. It took us an hour standing in line to see Uncle Ho. Note that you can't hang around. You will walk around him like everyone else allowing as many people as possible to view his body. The whole complex is great. Unfortunately one can only see the outside of the palace. The museum seems very detailed, but some will go over your head if unfamiliar with Vietnam recent history and the significant people of that time.
  • It's funny really, you spend over an hour lining up with 80% of locals and 20% tourists for about a minute of viewing the casket, and normally I'd think of it as a waste of time and not worth the effort, but the way the Mausoleum is built is clever, and the viewing of the casket itself was a thought-provoking experience. You see his incredibly well-preserved body (head) in a small light in what is otherwise quite a dark room, and there are 4 guards surrounding him. We were lucky to be in the viewing area during the changing of the guards, so that really quick procedure was fun to watch (they change guards every hour). The lining up is not fun and can feel claustrophobic at first, but I think the viewing itself is worth it. Make sure to dress appropriately (long pants and no sleeveless tops) or else you risk not being let in.
  • Even it's nothing so special inside,cause it's soon cold and contains only Ho Chi Minh s body, what it's outstanding is the external! A huge monument in the middle of a beautiful garden always crowded with People. Can often look at the harming white guards and their march and parade. And in the morning and evening you can assist at the flag ceremony and this always attract many people making you feel an amazing atmosphere and you can feel the passion of this country! Amazing!
  • This is a must when visiting Ha Noi. Just the way the massively long line of people waiting to enter is managed is worth experiencing. Get there early, I arrived over half an before opening and the line was already close to a kilometer long. Don't be daunted by the length of the line, it is managed with military precision and moves incredibly quickly. The mausoleum itself is awe inspiring but don't dally while inside or you'll be told to move on in no uncertain terms.
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