Centred around the body of Uncle Ho, venerated by thousands of Vietnamese who slowly and respectfully file past the beloved liberator’s cadaver during the morning, this enjoyable complex is best enjoyed in the afternoon, when the mausoleum is closed and the crowds a bit thinner. You can still join a queue if you want to – this one for the rather beautiful Japanese-style stilt house which the leader occupied from time to time during 1958 to 1969. Then take in the frankly bonkers museum, which illustrates the work and life of Ho Chi Minh through pictures, photos, artefacts and some of the most eye-popping 1970s exhibition design you’re ever likely to see. It’s all set in gardens with lots of spaces to relax and get away from the high-octane city around it, and makes for a great afternoon.
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum ComplexQuite a lot more than a long queue with a cadaver at its end
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