1. April 2018. Have you paid your respects to Uncle Ho at the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum? Did you check out his stilt house, meeting rooms and car collection? Then it’s only proper to round things off with an amble around this resourceful albeit quirky museum located right in the heart of Ho Chi Minh Complex.
2. April 2018. The museum is an intricate chronicle of the great man’s life, with sections covering his hometown, upbringing and world travels, before the juicy business of founding The Vietnamese Communist Party and his quest for independence. An exhaustive (rose-tinted-glasses) overview of his years in power follows before the concluding segment on his final days.
3. April 2018. Rest assured there are artifacts aplenty to sink your teeth into and, in most cases, English captions are attached to help you make sense of what you’re looking at. One of my favorite spots was this display featuring his old hiking outfit, including chest expander and rattan walking stick.
4. April 2018. There are a million and one wonderful old photographs to enjoy. This one, taken in 1968 under a year before he passed away, shows him enjoying a children’s musical performance in Hanoi.
5. April 2018. Note that entrance to the museum is ‘not’ included in the general complex ticket (40.000VND £1.30/€1.50/$1.75). You’ll need to pay an additional 10.000VND (£0.32 €0.37/$0.440) and plan accordingly around the funny opening hours. In the summer doors are open from 07:30-11:00 & 13:30-16:00, while in winter it’s 08:00-11:00 & 13:30-16:00. The complex is closed Mondays and Friday afternoons.
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