|The mausoleum where the body of Ho Chi Minh|
is on display.
|Former home of the French colonial governors|
The large and imposing structure that houses the body of Uncle Ho (which is what the Vietnamese loving call their former leader) is in a park-like setting next to a lake, and within a very short walk of the mansion which was the former home of the French colonial governors - as well as two small homes where Uncle Ho actually lived and worked. It is an extremely beautiful setting. Also close by is the famous One-Pillar Pagoda. We were able to take in all of these historic sites in a morning.
|Straight ahead: The first home of Ho Chi Minh at the site|
It was a bit chilly the day we were there, and I made the mistake of putting my hands in my pockets. Military men in uniform instantly told me to remove my hands from my pockets. I did as instructed. If I am destined to start an international incident, I don't want it to be in Hanoi, Vietnam!
|Uncle Ho's dining room in the original home|
Enjoy the tour of the Ho Chi Minh complex.
|Ho's study. Note the picture of Karl Marx over the window|
and the bust of Lenin on the bookcase
|Ho's second home at the site - the house on stilts.|
|The lake by the house on stilts - where Uncle Ho would|
feed his beloved fish each evening
|A guard beneath the house on stilts. Note the large|
conference table in the background. Many war
strategy meetings were held beneath the house
at that table
|Another view of the conference table beneath the|
house on stilts.
|A room for study in the house on stilts.|
|Uncle Ho's simple bedroom.|
|Another view beneath the house. It was connected to a|
bomb shelter by a secret tunnel.
|The One-Pillar Pagoda|
|The Shrine at the One-Pillar Pagoda|