Wednesday, October 30, 2013

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Hanoi, Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large and historic memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is the memorial hall where the Vietminh leader and Chairman of the Communist Part of Vietnam, Ho Chi Minh is buried here. 

Ho Chi Minh was a key figure in the foundation of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945 as well as the People's Army of Vietnam (PAVN) and the Viet cong during the Vietnam War. He also led the Viet Minh independence movement and establishing the communist-ruled Democratic Republic of Vietnam after the unification between North and South of Vietnam.

We went to Hanoi, Vietnam during the long weekend of Vietnam Reunification Day which is the major public holidays for Vietnamese. We hadn't seen the long queue and overcrowded with the locals who traveled all the way to Hanoi in order to pay respect to Uncle Ho Chi Minh who's resting in the glass. The locals respected Uncle Ho Chi Minh as their hero and also their Father of Unification between North and South after defeating the French military in the South. I hadn't experienced a similar incident from other mausoleums outside of Vietnam.

We followed the long queue and walked from the back of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to Botanical Garden but we still stranded in the long crowded queue for over two hours. We were exhausted and sweating, after standing in the queue for a long hours. Our tour guide decided to give a try and requested a favor from his friend there, who's able to give us a shortcut access to the mausoleum.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is closed on Monday and Friday but open the rest of the week. All visitors have to abide to strict regulations and dress code while visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Visitors have to cover their shoulders, arms and legs with long sleeve of blouse, shirts, long pants or long skirts. It's forbidden to carry big bags, camera and hats to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Visitors have to remain silent all the time and aren't allowed to take pictures in the mausoleum.


A long queue of locals outside of Hanoi and tourists were visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during the long weekend of Vietnam Reunification Day in April
A long queue of locals outside of Hanoi and tourists were visiting Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during the long weekend of Vietnam Reunification Day in April


We were waiting in the long queues at Botanical Garden before heading to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during Reunification Day in Hanoi, Vietnam
We were waiting in the long queues at Botanical Garden before heading to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during Reunification Day in Hanoi, Vietnam


Most of the locals travelled from outside of Hanoi to pay respect to Uncle Ho at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during Reunification Day in Vietnam
Most of the locals travelled from outside of Hanoi to pay respect to Uncle Ho at Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum during Reunification Day in Vietnam


Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, Vietnam


Look at the long crowded queue outside of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to pay visit to Uncle Ho during the long weekend of Reunification Day in Hanoi, Vietnam
Look at the long crowded queue outside of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum to pay visit to Uncle Ho during the long weekend of Reunification Day in Hanoi, Vietnam


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