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“Long gone but still reviered, Ho is to be seen”

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour
Ranked #55 of 290 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.
Reviewed 2 April 2018

If you are in Hanoi and if you are to look for only one of the top 10 attractions, a visit to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is essential to understand the most revered individual in Vietnam. Wait in line, walk past him within the mausolem and do not take a picture!

Worth the wait to see the pagentry!

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

We didn't get into the mausoleum - it is VERY popular and there were lots of school parties and we went on a Sunday. We went into the Ho Chi Minh museum instead. It takes a bit of getting your head round the representative art, but I learned a lot about the history of Vietnam. We also walked around the rest of the site which has lovely gardens, temples and so on to see. You need at least half a day. And the guards are all very helpful.

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

I was slightly put off by the long winding queue when I arrived at the Mausoleum entrance - and in fact it took around 15 minutes to walk from the entrance to the end of the queue. I am not a natural queue-er but decided to stick it out for a while and see what happened.

The queue was a bit of a rabble to start with but after a while start d to be formed into some order by the guards. Older locals seemed to feel it was their right to queue jump so after a while I became a lot more assertive of my position! After a slow start the queue moved at a steady pace. There are water vending machines along the route and a wall to perch on if necessary. There were some disconcerting moments when tourist coaches needed to enter the complex and drove across the queue narrowly missing some locals oblivious of the closeness of the vehicles as they turned.

It took around 30 minutes to reach the complex entrance. From there we were required to walk in pairs. This was strictly enforced for the rest of the walk to the mausoleum.

Guards patrolled the queue once within the complex checking appropriate attire and behaviours, shorts/dresses below the knee, no chewing gun, no hands in pockets, no sunglasses or hats.

You are permitted to keep a small handbag but day packs or anything perceived to be luggage has to be left in a free luggage storage area. Camera equipment and other electronics are also required to be left at a storage area later in the queue.

In total it was about 60 minutes from joining the queue to entering the actual mausoleum. Once in the chamber, pairing was even more strictly enforced. Beware that if you are on the right and have a tall partner you may not be able to see anything as you are not allowed to go slower or faster than your partner and so your view will be restricted. I tried to hold back but was moved along by a guard. The chamber queue is fast moving and so you will only be in there for around a minute. After this you can go on to the President Palace and gardens.
The mausoleum is free to enter but there is a 40,000 VND entrance fee for the Presidential Palace Complex.
I have seen reviews saying it’s a waste of time. Personally, I’m glad I went. I found it interesting.

Thank samsara10s
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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

When you are in Hanoi and miss to visit the moseleum obviously there is a major thing missing in your visit

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Reviewed 1 April 2018 via mobile

This is a classic style building - but it’s a mausoleum! Not much life there except for the would-be visitors!! From the outside it looks quite forbidding. It’s huge in height and breadth - considering that it’s the reposing place for a single human body!! Even someone as renowned as Ho Chi Minh. It faces onto a wide, open, public space and looks enormous. It’s like Mao’s Mausoleum in Tianemen Square in Beijing or Lenin’s in Moscow - a bit spooky. But it’s closed in October/November for annual maintenance. So we couldn’t get in for us. It’s beside the old Presidential Palace and opposite the National Parliament.

Thank DublinEdM
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