Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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To enter the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, you"ll have sầu to join a snaking queue of locals và tourists waiting to enter. The queues to lớn visit the inner sanctum can get quite long, and the wait can be interminable - visiting the Ho Chi Minc Mausoleum is a highlight for many locals" visits khổng lồ the capital, & very few Vietnamese visiting Hanoi pass up a chance for a pilgrimage to the father of their country.

Tourists are expected khổng lồ surrender bags & cameras before entering the mausoleum; if you're part of a tour, you'll h& them over lớn your guide. Then you wait as the line slowly files through the door inlớn the inner sanctum.

Inside the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho's toàn thân lies in state under a glass sarcophagus, overseen by an honor guard of four sentries standing at each corner of the bier. The embalmed toàn thân is extraordinarily well preserved, and dressed in a khaki suit. His face and hands are illuminated with spotlights; the rest of the room is dimly lit.

Great respect must be shown while entering. Chattering, hurried movements, & indecent attire will be singled out by the mausoleum guards. Visitors are expected lớn keep quiet và walk slowly and steadily through the mausoleum.

Upon your exiting the Mausoleum, you can continue your "re-education" in the Ho Chi Minch mythology by visiting the nearby Ho Chi Minc Museum, which contains an tài khoản of the man"s life as told in allegory và his personal effects, & the Presidential Palace, on which grounds Ho Chi Minch lived after taking power (he never really moved in, contenting himself with living in the former electrician"s quarters, then in a custom-built stilt house from the 1950s till his death).

Do's & Don't's

Do maintain an attitude of respect. Don't talk, don't smile, and walk slowly along with the queue inlớn the darkened inner sanctum. The guards will not hesitate to lớn single you out if you don't maintain the proper attitude.

Do come early.

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If you want lớn be ahead of the queue, it's important to lớn avoid the rush of people who line up early lớn pay their respects. The mausoleum opens at 8am, but be there by 7am.

Don't take pictures. Actually, you won't be able to - the guards collect all cameras before you enter the mausoleum. You will be able to reclayên ổn your personal effects as you leave sầu the area.

Don"t wear shorts. Or singlets, or sleeveless shirts. This is one of the holiest sites in Vietphái nam, if such a word may be used in a Communist country; dress up with a modicum of decency, và wear clothes that cover you up, even in warm Vietnam giới weather.

When to lớn Visit

The Ho Chi Minch Mausoleum is located in Ba Dinch Square, và is easily (& best) accessible via taxi. Admission inkhổng lồ the Mausoleum is miễn phí.

From April to lớn September, the Mausoleum is open at 7:30am lớn 10:30am from Tuesdays khổng lồ Thursdays; 7:30am to 11am on weekends. From December khổng lồ March, the Mausoleum is open on 8am lớn 11am from Tuesday to lớn Thursday, và from 8am lớn 11:30am on weekends.

The Mausoleum is closed on Fridays, & for a two-month stretch in autumn (October and November) as the embalmed body is sent khổng lồ Russia for some preventive maintenance and touching-up.