The Mausoleum of late President Ho Chi Minh in Hanoi reopened to the public today [August 16] after regular maintenance since June 13, according to the mausoleum’s Management Board.
The activities honoring the late President and the heroic martyrs will also resume today.
Visitors queue to enter the mausoleum in Hanoi’s Ba Dinh District to pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh. Photo: Minh An/ The Hanoi Times
Earlier, the mausoleum and the nearby martyr monument were closed from June 13 to August 15 for annual maintenance.
President Ho Chi Minh passed away on September 2, 1969. The remains of President Ho Chi Minh rest in the central hall of the mausoleum where thousands of citizens and foreign guests visit every day.
The granite mausoleum, which was built in two years, from 1973 to 1975, has become an important landmark of the capital city.
A trip to Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum can be an extraordinary experience for any visitor.
On major holidays, including the traditional New Year, and National Day, the mausoleum often receives a large influx of visitors, numbering around 32,000 per day.
Since its inauguration in 1975, the year marking the end of the 20-year-long war and reunification of the country, the mausoleum has received more than 60 million visitors, including 10 million foreigners from almost every country in the world.
On August 14, Prime Minister Pham Minh Chinh attended a conference reviewing the 30-year cooperation between the mausoleum's Management Board and the All-Russian Scientific Research Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants in preserving the body of the late Vietnamese leader.
Despite the fierce war, experts from the Soviet Union worked side by side with Vietnam’s military officers and soldiers to preserve the body in the best possible condition, Chinh said, describing the achievements so far as a vivid illustration of Vietnam’s close cooperation and friendship with the Soviet Union in the past and Russia at present.
The PM stressed that the long-term preservation of late President Ho Chi Minh’s body and the promotion of the mausoleum’s political and cultural values is a special task of great importance to maintaining a socialist country of Vietnam.