The Ho Chi Minh mausoleum in Hanoi is an imposing Soviet style block in which Ho Chi Minh`s embalmed corpse lies in Ba Dinh Square. Thousands of locals and international visitors line up to pay their respects and see the embalmed corpse of this great man every day. The mausoleum was constructed on the very spot where, on the second day in September 1945 while being watched by hundreds of thousands of his fellow country men and women, Ho Chi Minh declared independence for Vietnam.

The Mausoleum opened in 1975 and is hallowed ground for the Vietnamese people with text reciting quotes such as “Nothing is more precious than independence and liberty” and statements such as “Socialist Republic of Vietnam forever” and “President Ho Chi Minh lives forever in our lives and work”. Visiting this mausoleum is permitted however there are strict dress codes and behaviour that must be adhered to by locals and tourists alike. Visitors here MUST cover their legs and the wearing of shorts and miniskirts is strictly forbidden. This building, area and its rules are strictly enforced by staff and guards.

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