Ho Chi Minh may have opposed the idea of being preserved and displayed in state after his death, but his wishes to be cremated were ignored for this Vietnamese interpretation of Lenin's mausoleum. The structure's choice of location on Ba Dinh Square was a natural one—it was here where Ho declared the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam in 1945. Visits to the mausoleum are expected to be quiet and respectful—skirts and shorts are forbidden, as is photography.
Checking and claiming bags at the entrance can be slow, so pack lightly if possible. Lines can wind up to 2 km long, as this site attracts 14,000 visitors per day. Hours are limited to 8 am–11 am daily except for Mondays and Fridays; it's also closed September through November when Ho's remains receive maintenance work.
5 Pho Ngoc Ha, Điện Biên, Hanoi, 10000, Vietnam