Monday, January 27, 2014

Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Palace (Hanoi, Vietnam)

An early jump start at Mercury Hotel, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was where our sightseeing started. Standing in the low queue in the freezing weather, we were reminded that before entering the mausoleum, hand phone must be switched off, no camera, no laptop or any other electronic gadgets, Also, no holding hands, laughing and talking, after our bags were scanned, we walked in a single file to see Ho Chi Minh lying in state while the robotic guards stood with raffles to defend their well preserved, wax looking and long gone leader. Indeed, quite terrifying to walk around the narrow aisle for less than 3 minutes to glance at Ho Chi Minh, that was about it all.

Ho Chi Minh highly regarded as Vietnam's biggest inspiration, even the tour guide who struggled to speak English wouldn't stop praising how their former leader lived a simple and humble life. Mmm, point noted, for the next two hours, we covered the palace - showcasing everything associated to the first leader and first president of the independence republic of North Vietnam. Then, we took a long walk via the huge garden, arrived at the stalls, stood around for a while and departed to the next destination.

Up next - One Pagoda Pillar.

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  1. City is beautiful, lot of greenery
    Keep in touch

  2. great clicks, Nava!! the palace looks majestic...

  3. So much green and culture in Vietnam :D


  4. Nice clicks, palace looks tunning.


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