Thursday, January 08, 2009

Flashback: Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum & Presidential Palace, Hanoi

You have probably heard of Ho Chi Minh. He is kind of the Vietnamese Abraham Lincoln. He protected his people from Japanese invasion, successfully “repelled” the US imperialists and unified his split country.

We visited the Presidential palace complex that includes a large palace, a compound of several small buildings around a lake, a museum, some pagodas and the HCM Mausoleum.

One pillar pagoda. Isn't it cool?
Lake at the center of the compound.
House where HCM lived and worked.
Presidential Palace.

I found it interesting that he specifically requested that his body be cremated, but it was instead embalmed and placed in an enormous mausoleum that allows visitors to view his corpse.

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