Wednesday, May 11, 2005

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, or in Vietnamese, Lang Ho Chi Minh, is where the remains of Ho Chi Minh (despite against his wish to be cremated) are kept. He is venerated as national hero and father of the Vietnam. There seemed to be 2 entrances to the Mausoleum. The entrance that we were, the queue was mainly formed by Vietnamese, and occasionally tourists came by walking. Adeline paid VND 4,000 each which until now I still don't know what it was for. Anyway, this was the first time in Vietnam that I saw Vietnamese girls in full traditional long dress costume.

Chu Tich (President) Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The corpse of Ho Chi Minh was very well preserved, but the environment was utterly creepy. Can't stayed long inside the mausoleum though, as the queue kept moving around the embalmed corpse of Ho Chi Minh. The enter the mausoleum, respectable attire is needed. There is a stand before the gate entrance that rents (or might be borrows) some cover-up clothes.

Note: No camera, phone and drink allowed inside the mausoleum. It's best to keep this things at a stand after the gate entrance, as they will automatically transferred your belongings to another stand that located right after the exit of mausoleum. So you can take your belongings there and continue the tour to other sights instead of walking all the way back to the entrance again. Open daily from 7.30 am or 8.00 am till around 10.30 am to 11:30 am.

The white-uniformed soldiers at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Inside the mausoleum, they kept 'harassed' us to keep silent and maintain proper posture, and 'chased' us to move forward.


Anonymous Anonymous said...

You were lucky as we did not manage to get into the HCM Mausoleum. Communication proved difficult when we asked the guard when was the entrance. All he could show was a two finger sign which we took as 'come back at 2pm'. To our amazement later, we were told the mausoleum is closed for 2 months repair!
(Northern Vietnam Oct-Nov'05)

11/21/2005 02:34:00 PM  

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