Vietnam Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum

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About this spot
The tomb of Vietnam’s revolutionary leader, Ho Chi Minh, was inaugurated on August 29, 1975. It sits in the center of Ba Dinh Square where the Chairman read the Declaration of Independence from France on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The building was inspired by Lenin’s Mausoleum in Moscow but incorporates some distinct Vietnamese architectural elements. The exterior granite to the wood inside were all contributed by people from Vietnam. The mausoleum is surrounded by a garden and protected by a military honor guard.

Known as Great Father or Uncle Ho, Ho Chi Minh is respected by the Vietnamese as the leader who led the country to independence and reunification. To honor him, the people built the mausoleum against Ho Chi Minh’s will. His wish was to be cremated and his ashes scattered over the country.

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