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Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
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US$58.00*
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Full-Day Hanoi City Tour
Ranked #28 of 221 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 6 April 2018 via mobile

Go early, only open in the morning, you need to be there before 10:30 and expect long queues, but they move with military precision. Another must see place if visiting Hanoi.

Thank cpf1407
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Can't say much about this as when we arrived, well before closing time, we were told to go here there and everywhere, walking for about 20 minutes in a circle pretty much, to be told they decided to close early. Not sure this place is even worth the hassle, and ethically as ho wanted to be cremated not sure about this place. Bit of a waste of our time.

Thank Tashasmith94
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Reviewed 5 April 2018 via mobile

This is part of a city tour that we took and although it was interesting and I learnt a lot of the history, it was a long walk and lines and lines of people to see the the body of the ex president of Vietnam. I can understand that he is very revered but did not expect t have to cover my shoulders. I guess the tour could have been more interesting if our tour guide spoke better English and had better knowledge. I learnt more from listening to other tour guides around me.

Thank Anniquelee L
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Really nice to see the changing of the guard at 7.30pm. lots of atmosphere and no tourists. Live band music and very formal to watch. It was part of our Hanoi vintage vespa tour.

Thank Anne O
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

As we approached the mausoleum, the queue seemed never ending; I've literally never seen such a long queue, it easily goes for 1-2miles! We arrived at 10am and found out that it was closing at 11am. (11:30am on weekends) Following a simple logic: we thought we'd either be in by 11am or not need to queue more than 1h as it will be closed anyway.
The queue was actually consistently moving and it was kind of funny seeing the odd Vietnamese person trying to sneak in front of you haha. Don't overtake as you can get into trouble for it: we saw a women get put to the end of the line cause she tried to overtake a few people.

The mausoleum itself is not that special I guess considering you spend about 10 seconds seeing Ho Chi Minh himself. However, I think it is a question of respect and embracing the culture that should make you want to go see him. Personally, I saw Lenin's body in Moscow and frankly they looked almost identical except perhaps that Lenin was chubbier haha. If you've been to see Lenin, this will probably not impressive you but if you've never seen a dead body conserved for over 50 years than there is a sense of "awww" to it.

Remember to dress appropriately (like for a church), cannot speak inside the mausoleum, cannot take pictures obviously and keep walking!

CONCLUSION: I RECOMMEND AND WOULD RETURN

Thank NicoDaBear
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