Hanoi – Ho Chi Minh’s Tomb

Ho Chi Minh’s mausoleum dominates a large open square in Hanoi. Visiting it, you leave the crowded alleys and narrow winding roads of the old town abruptly behind, trading them for military precision, straight lines, and sprawling gardens.
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I arrived on a Sunday, during which the grounds were closed. While I regretted missing the gardens, I was lucky enough to witness the changing of the guards, a formal military ceremony taking place a few times a day.
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Feeling no desire to commune with Ho Chi Minh’s cadaver (a pleasure available for all who chose to open his Stalin-esque tomb), I opted to limit my observations to the impressive exterior of the monument.

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