Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum,  Hanoi,  Vietnam,  September 2017

Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body now spends most of its time in a monumental edifice in Hanoi.  However, he usually gets a break in the autumn when he pops off on a journey of over 9,000 km, to Russia, for a spot of body maintenance.

The connection with Russia goes further, as the Mausoleum itself was clearly influenced by the Lenin Mausoleum in Moscow.  Both the structure and the massive open square reminded me strongly of Red Square.  Had the mausoleum been open, the long lines of visitors would have been remarkably similar too.


Copyright Debbie Smyth, 20 October 2017

Posted as part of Cee’s B&W Challenge

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      1. The first time we went it was closed (like your photo). We went back early in the morning and the long line went quickly enough. It’s all very dignified.


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