Wednesday, June 9, 2010

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House: The gardens and fish pond

Surrounding the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, also known as Nha San Bac Ho or Uncle Ho's Stilt House, are gardens containing weeping willows, mango trees and fragrant frangipani and jasmine. Ho Chi Minh lived in the house from 1958 to 1969, where in addition to tending to his political duties, he watered his garden and fed the carp in his fishpond.

  Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Gardens & Fishpond (4)

 

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Gardens & Fishpond (8)

  Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Gardens & Fishpond (7)

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Gardens & Fishpond (2)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Gardens & Fishpond (5)

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House: Study and bedroom

At the back of the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House are wooden steps that lead to a second floor study and a bedroom where Ho Chi Minh lived. The study contains an antique typewriter and a bookcase filled with books in many different languages. The bedroom contains only a bed, an electric clock, an old-fashioned telephone and a radio.

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Bedroom & Study (5)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Bedroom & Study

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Bedroom & Study (2)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Bedroom & Study (3)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Bedroom & Study (4)

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House: Ground floor

The Ho Chi Minh Stilt House, also known as Nha San Bac Ho or Uncle Ho's Stilt House, contains a ground floor area next to the stilts where there are tables and chairs that were used by members of the North Vietnamese politburo for political or war meetings.

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Ground Floor (4)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Ground Floor

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Ground Floor (2)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Ground Floor (3)

Ho Chi Minh Stilt House: Exterior

Ho Chi Minh believed the Hanoi Presidential Palace was too grand and hence when he became president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1954, he had a modest wooden structure built in a corner of the Presidential Palace's extensive grounds. This structure, known as the Ho Chi Minh Stilt House or as Nha San Bac Ho or Uncle Ho's Stilt House, was modeled on a two story ethnic minority stilt house.


Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Exterior

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Exterior (2)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Exterior (3)

 Ho Chi Minh Stilt House Exterior (4)