One of the more well-known structures in Hanoi is the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. Built in 1975, it houses the preserved and polished body of President Ho Chi Minh, who passed away in 1969 in the middle of the Vietnam-American War. It’s widely recognized that in his will, Uncle Ho, as he is still affectionately known, asked to be cremated, as it was more sanitary than burial and would not take away precious agricultural land from the people. That didn’t happen, and he can now be viewed from between 9am and noon daily, excepting annual cleanings and short trips to Moscow for further preservation.
Some people claim that the body inside is a fake, an elaborate national hoax. But really how real can the remains of a human look after 30+ years of chemical treatments and cool dark interiors? If you want to go inside, you’ll have to leave your cameras at the gate.