The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (or Lang Chu tich Ho Chi Minh) is a large memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. Located in the center of Ba Dinh Square (the place where the great leader of the Vietnamese Ho Chi Minh read the country’s Independence Declaration on September 2nd, 1945; establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam), the Mausoleum was built to preserve the body of Ho Chi Minh.

The materials that constitute the building, from exterior granite to interior wood, were contributed by people from all over the country. Even the garden that surrounded the Mausoleum has a collection of plants and bonsais donated from all regions in Vietnam. This shows the Vietnamese’s wish to forever keep their dear father/grandfather company.

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is usually closed from 4 Sep to 4 Nov while his embalmed body goes to Russia for maintenance. Its open hours for visitors are 8 to 11am Tue~Thu; Sat~Sun with last entry at 10.15am.

To visit the Mausoleum, you should be aware of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum rules on dressing. Dress modestly: wearing shorts, tank tops or hats is not permitted. You may be requested to store day packs, cameras and phones before you enter. Talking, putting your hand in your pockets and photography is strictly prohibited in the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. The queue usually snakes for several hundred meters to the Mausoleum entrance and inside, filing past Ho’s body at a slow but steady pace.

If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the changing of the guard outside Ho’s mausoleum – the pomp and ceremony displayed here rivals the British equivalent at Buckingham Palace.