Friday, November 02, 2012
Vietnam - Hanoi Trip - Day 3 - City Sightseeing - Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum,HCM Presidential Palace,House on Stilts,One Pillar Pagoda
PLEASE ASK PERMISSION BEFORE YOU RE POST MY PHOTOS ON TO YOUR BLOG. THERE ARE SOME BLOGGERS WHO DID NOT ASK MY PERMISSION AND REPOST MY PHOTOS WITHOUT THE COURTESY OF LINKING BACK TO MY BLOG. THIS IS LIKE STEALING. PEOPLE, I HAVE SPEND MUCH TIME TAKING PHOTOS AND DOING HOMEWORK ON MY TRAVELLING INFORMATION AND KINDLY SHARE THESE INFORMATION TO ANYONE INTERESTED IN THEM. IF NECESSARY I WILL POST SCREEN SHOT OF YOUR BLOG TO SHOW YOUR BAD MANNERS OF STEALING MY PHOTOS. THE MOST DISGUSTING THING THEY DID WAS TO SCREEN SHOT MY PHOTO AND CORP OFF MY BLOG TITLE FROM MY PHOTO AND REPOST THEM IN THEIR BLOG. Our next stop was a visit to the famous Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum. The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial in Hanoi, Vietnam. It is located in the centre of Ba Dinh Square, which is the place where Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. You can read more from wikipedia. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved in the cooled, central hall of the mausoleum, which is protected by a military honor guard. But on the day of our visit, the mausoleum was not open to the public due to some maintenance. A short walk away was the presidential palace. It was built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina. When Vietnam achieved independence in 1954, Ho Chi Minh refused to live in the grand structure for symbolic reasons, although he still received state guests there, he eventually built a traditional Vietnamese stilt house and carp pond on the grounds. His house and the grounds were made into the Presidential Palace Historical Site in 1975. You can read more from wikipedia Nearby was the garage for Ho Chi Minh's cars - most were gifts from foreign countries. A short walk away from the palace was the house on stilts, where Ho Chi Minh lived. The open area was where Ho Chi Minh holds meeting. Nearby the palace grounds was the one pillar pagoda. It was so called because the temple was built with only one pillar in the middle of the lotus ponds. You can read the story about the pagoda from wikipedia. A short video of the changing of guards at Ho Chi Minh's Mausoleum.