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Partha Sarathi Bhowal
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Published: Sep 14, 2018 | 49 Views

Ho chi minh's stilt house

Ho Chi Minh was the First secretary of the Workers Party in Vietnam. He was also the Prime Minister from 1945-1955 and the President from 1945 to 1969 of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

The ancient traditional Stilt house where Uncle Ho dwelled between 1958 to 1969 is built in a garden just adjacent to a pond with fascinating museum mementoes and various other ancient structures. The history behind the house dates back to 1958 when the country was ruled by the French people.

The French Governors General lived in the Palace and was hated much by the Vietnamese.. Ho chi Minh commonly known as Uncle Ho was not willing to follow the footsteps of the French ruler.

Inspired towards Nation-building, Uncle Ho built this Stilt House for his personal use. The house has two rooms and no toilets and is a symbol of simplicity in the Country.

Located in Hanoi Ba Dinh Square at the side of the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.

The Stilt House is situated in the corner of Presidential Palace and to reach there you have to walk from the Presidential Palace Visitor’s Entrance Gate on the Hung Vuong Street down the 300 foot long path which is commonly known as Mango Alley till the pond which is also a part of the Stilt House.

The Mango Alley is covered with trees which will adore you a lot. The pond is having fishes and long time back they were fed by Uncle Ho who loved to spent his relation moments by the side of the pond.

Inside the Stilt House

The House is surrounded by a beautiful garden which is covered with trees, willows, hibiscus, flame trees and frangipani. Inside the House, you will find two rooms which are 100 square feet each consists of some ordinary personal things of Uncle Ho which symbolizes that he lived his life in a very simple way.

The Ho Chi Minh study place is very small having a typewriter, some newspapers and an electric fan donated to Uncle Ho by the Japanese communists. The sleeping quarters consisted of a bed, an antique clock, a telephone and a radio. It is said that the Radio was donated by expatriate Vietnamese who lived in Thailand.

The empty space under the House was Uncle Ho’s office and the reception area. During that time Foreign Dignitaries, political party representatives and other officials used to meet him in this area.

The reception area has chairs made up of Bamboo where this people used to sit listening to Uncle Ho who used to sit on a arm chair at that time. The area has a group of phones, helmets and various other things which were used during the bomb raids which happened during the 1960s and 1970s.

The rear of the house is infested with orange trees and milk fruits maintained by the Ministry of Agriculture, Vietnamese Government.

There are certain protocols while visiting the place. Please try to maintain the same. Listed below are some:

  • You need to dress conservatively while visiting this place. Avoid tops with beautiful necklaces and too much small shorts.
  • Keep a low profile during your visit to this place.
  • Don’t talk about Vietnam war with the local people.
  • Please do ask people’s permission while taking there snapshot in the camera.

Don't Booze and visit this place.

During the Vietnam War, Uncle Ho preferred to sleep in his Stilt House and there was House No. 67 which served as a shelter from bomb raids at that time. The President used to wear helmet during the bomb raid.

Opens from :- 7:30 am till 4pm everyday

Entrance Fees: 25000 VND

Some amazing facts of Ho chi Minh Mausoleum

The Ho chi Minh Mausoleum is one of the historical places of importance in Hanoi. Situated on the Hung Vuong Street of the Ba Dinh District, the Mausoleum is around 660 kms from the ancient city of Hue. In this place President Ho Chi Minh once organized rallies and great declarations.

Special attractions

Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum

Inside the palace the visitors will find Uncle’s Ho’s body kept in a glass box made up of black rock glitter. In the glass, you can see Uncle Ho is laid wearing simple Khaki and a piece of sandals under his feet.

Points to be followed while visiting Uncle Ho’s Mausoleum

  • Polite and serious type of dress to be wore
  • No Noise while visiting
  • Children under 3 years are not allowed
  • Luggages are to be kept in a separate area
  • No pictures to be taken in the camera.

Opens from :- 7:30 am till 11am everyday except Mondays and Fridays

Entrance Fees: 25000 VND

Ho Chi Minh’s Museum

The Museum consists of three parts:

  • An exhibition on the life and career of President Ho Chi Minh consisting of documentaries, films and artwork
  • The second part show the struggle period in the country of Vietnam and also displays the celebration after the victory of Vietnamese people.
  • The third part depicts world’s historical moments which had a direct impact of Ho-chi-Minh’s life and his revolution.

Opens from :- 7:30 am till 11 am except Monday and Friday

Entrance Fees: 25000 VND

Presidential Palace:

The Presidential Palace is constructed during the French people during the 1900. It was built by French Architect Auguste Henry Vildieu. It was President Ho Chi Minh’s Official residence but Uncle Ho preferred to stay in his Stilt House made for his personal use since he was a simple man.

The yellow three storeyed building is made like a French Colonial Building with 30 rooms inside the same. There is 90 meter long boulevard surrounded by lush garden near the Presidential Palace.

The Palace was also former home of the Governor of Indo-China. You can reach the Presidential palace within 15 minutes taking a taxi from the Old Quarter.

Opens from :- 7:30 am till 11 am Tuesday- Thursday and on Saturday & Sunday 2pm - 4pm. Mondays and Fridays are not open.

Entrance Fees: 25000 VND

One Pillar Pagoda near Ho Chi Minh Museum

The One Pillar Pagoda is the historical Buddhist Temple situated near the Ho Chi Minh Museum. It is also known as the Perfume Temple and is one of the Vietnam’s Iconic temples.

The Temple was built by the Emperor Ly Thai Tong who ruled within the period 1028- 1054. The emperor was childless and after he met the a Buddhist saint constructed this temple.There is a beautiful garden surrounding the Temple which is known as Tai Cam garden.

Before the pagoda was opened, at that prayers were held for the longevity of the temple. The Temple attracted various monks around the world and is a monarch in the city of Hanoi. During 1105 the temple was renovated by Ly Thai Tong

The temple is built in a strong single wooden pillar with 1.25 meter in diameter and 4 meter in height. It is designed in such a way that it symbolizes a Lotus flower and Lotus is the symbol of purity in Buddhist philosophy since it can also grow in a muddy pond.

The French Union destroyed the Pagoda before withdrawing from the country but then again it was reconstructed to preserve the historical architects of Vietnam.

Opens from :- 8 am till 5pm everyday

Entrance Fees: Free of cost









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