Hanoi is a famous cultural center with thousands of years of epic history. Hanoi is also a sacred land with famous architectural works, historical events, and astounding stories about heroes. Though, there's a place that has all three, a site dedicated to President Ho Chi Minh: the Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Known as the place where many artifacts and documents about President Ho Chi Minh's life are preserved, Ho Chi Minh Museum is a fascinating destination for both locals and tourists worldwide. To honor the great effort he had for Vietnam's independence and unification, the Ho Chi Minh Museum was inaugurated in 1990, on Uncle Ho's 100th birthday, with the contribution from people all over the country.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
Ho Chi Minh Museum is one of the most beautiful architectures in Vietnam. The square building has beveled corners, and at 20 meters high, 70 meters wide, it reminds us of an elegant white lotus. The four square blocks on the top floor are both four lotus petals and four windows facing Hung Vuong Street, Uncle Ho's stilt house, Ngoc Ha Street, and Nguyen Thai Hoc Street.
Many installations inside and outside the museum are inspired by the lotus
With an area of 18,000 square meters, Ho Chi Minh Museum becomes the largest and most modern museum in Vietnam. The exhibition floor consists of 3 main spaces related to each other.
The area used for honoring is more than 9 meters in height, with a dome ceiling that symbolizes the sky and the floor is decorated with Vietnam's signature flowers throughout four seasons of the year. In the center is a full-body bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh, which is also the venue for ceremonies.
The bronze statue of President Ho Chi Minh
The biography-display section includes over 2000 documents, documentaries, and artworks that present Uncle Ho's revolutionary life and career. Through this, we see his crucial role in leading Vietnamese's strive for independence, freedom, and friendship with other nations.
Different themes are displayed with valuable artifacts here
Uncle Ho's handwriting
Scenes from his hometown are also shown here
On the left of this area are seminars about several world-historical events from the end of the nineteenth century till now, which shows us the impact of President Ho Chi Minh's work and the victory of Vietnamese.
The museum also has an exhibition area with thematic libraries, halls for research, scientific and cultural activities. Since opening, it has welcomed millions of domestic and international visitors to learn about the President.
Opening hours: 8 AM-noon, 2 PM - 4:30 PM daily
Note: The museum is only open in the morning on Mondays and Fridays
The Ho Chi Minh Museum also preserves Vietnam's culture
It is very convenient to visit the Ho Chi Minh Museum since it's in the city center. Visitors can take a bus, a taxi, or even walk between famous nearby destinations to explore exciting addresses related to the President.
Buses (VND 7,000/ticket)
Ba Dinh Square and the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum are nearby
Ho Chi Minh Museum may not be the most attractive destination in Hanoi, but it is a must-visit place for any visitors. It doesn't only honor the great President of Vietnam but also marks Vietnam's glorious history. If you ever come to Hanoi, don't forget to visit and admire Vietnam's national work of art.
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