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“Inspiring Uncle Ho”

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Half-Day Historical Sites Tour of Hanoi
Ranked #21 of 277 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.
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“Inspiring Uncle Ho”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 6 August 2014

Visiting the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a must in Hanoi. It's best to go early in the morning before the sun and heat really kick in (in summer). There is always a daunting line, but don't worry, it goes fast. Make sure not to bring a big backpack and they don't like big cameras, either. I had a small purse and a point-and-shoot that was fine. You shuffle along orderly and then when you reach the mausoleum white uniformed military guards make sure nobody loiters. Ho Chi Minh is encased in glass and has a yellow tinge to his skin. It's all quite peaceful, if not a little macabre. Afterwards foreigners have to buy a ticket to see his stilt house, the President's palace, his cars and the gardens he used to walk. Then there is the Ho Chi Minh museum which is filled with old photos and symbolic exhibits. That part was not my favorite. Everyone was screaming, kids were running wild and I found it hard to concentrate. Oh well. It is a very special place for the Vietnamese. Tons of souvenirs to buy afterwards. Uncle Ho goes to Russia every fall for 3 months to get freshened up, so check to make sure he's home before you go!

Visited July 2014
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“Skip it”
1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014 via mobile

We waited in a very long line for over 2 hours in the sweltering heat for a 2 minutes walk-through of the mausoleum. While this is a place of reverence for the Vietnamese, tourists would be better off skipping the mausoleum and just visiting the museum and Ho Chi Minh's residence which are right next door and give history and context to his life.

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“Eerie orange glow”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 August 2014

We went to the mausoleum because it was free, we had time and well its a mausoleum. We had no idea we'd slowly be guided around a island with a glass box atop it-his body inside, of course.

I wish there was more information on HCM and his personal life although seeing his compound and those artifacts were neat.

There was a very long line, but it went quickly. There are restrictions and must cover thighs and shoulder out of respect.

*To visit HCM's compound, there is a small fee for visitors.

Visited June 2014
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“Stunning Location”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

I came in Vietnam fro vacation in July 2014 from Japan
Beautiful place with amazing view , they Love Ho Chi Minh and you can see it
I think this is a beautiful place

Visited July 2014
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“My life construction”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 August 2014

It's a good place you can go any time. I find it close to me, like my home, my life. Very well - decorated and perfect construction. But it's just open from 8am to 10.30am, a little bit short time to visit. By any way, I love it.

Visited December 2013
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