Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum in Hanoi

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum (Vietnamese: Lăng Chủ tịch Hồ Chí Minh) is located in the center of Ba Ðình Square where Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945 – establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Construction on the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum began on September 2, 1973 and the … Read more

The Hanoi Presidential Palace

The Hanoi Presidential Palace of Vietnam was built by Auguste Henri Vildieu, the official French architect for Vietnam, between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. Like other French Colonial architecture, the palace’s design is European with the only visual cues that it is located in Vietnam being the mango trees surrounding … Read more

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 … Read more