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This mausoleum is situated in the wide Ba Dinh Square, the place where the revolutioary leader, Ho Chi Minh read out the declaration of independence to half a million peple on September second 1945. During WW2 Vietnam was a French colony under Japanese occupation. The Democratic Republic of Vietnam was therefore established and Ho Chi Minh became head of government. The embalmed body of Ho Chi Minh is preserved here.

Ho Chi Minh (1890-1969) was prime minister from 1945-1955 and president of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam (North Vietnam) from 1945-1969. In his early life he worked in the USA, UK and France, and travelled widely. In France he adopted communist interests and later lived and worked in both the Soviet Union and China. He returned to Vietnam in 1941 and led the Viet Minh independence movement.

The mausoleum is in the capital of Hanoi although it is Saigon (in the former South Vietnam) that since 1976 is now named after him i.e. Ho Chi Minh City.

The WS shows the whole Mausoleum (apologies for the rather poor quality due to unfavourable light).

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