In fact, there is not only one mausoleum, but architectural complex, which consists of five objects. Mausoleum of the former president of Vietnam is only the center of them. Its construction was started in 1973, after four years of the death of Ho Chi Minh. Construction took two years. Externally, the mausoleum looks like a large lotus. On the second floor by stairs, made of stone, you can see the coffin, made of transparent glass, through which you can see the president. The road to the mausoleum and the area in front of it, planted with ivy and rare trees, which were brought from distant provinces of the country as a gift from the people.
In fact, there is not only one mausoleum, and the whole architectural complex, which consists of five objects.
Ho Chi Minh Museum resembles a lotus. However, as a museum it became late, only in 1985. The building is octagonal in plan and is divided into two parts. At the top there are four major elements of square windows, which, according to the authors, looks like the petals. The museum was opened in 1990, the centenary year of the president and in recognition of the Ho Chi Minh UNESCO hero and savior of the country. There are 400 square meters of exhibition space, a ceremonial hall, a library, an archive of more than 100 000 documents, several conference rooms. Here, visitors can get acquainted with the everyday life of the president, examined his personal belongings, documents and photos, as well as learn more about the Vietnamese revolution.
For his work on the mausoleum architect Isakovic was awarded with the title of Hero of Labor of Vietnam.
Near the mausoleum you can see the house of Ho Chi Minh on stilts. It is a wooden structure with a balcony and a terrace, which was built in 1958. The house is surrounded by a garden with flowers, ornamental shrubs and fruit trees. And the last it presents residents of different parts of the country. In a stilt house, you can stop to see how he lived and worked as a president, how drunk cups of tea and clothes wore.
The Presidential Palace, which is also within the complex is much more impressive than a ceremonial building. It was built in 1906 for the French governor-general. The chief architect was also a Frenchman, and architectural style, what was decided to build, was clearly evident. It is well traced features of the Italian Renaissance, and is easy to imagine that this palace you can meet in some of the European capitals. The governor lived in the palace until 1945, and after Vietnam gained independence, the building was used for official receptions. Nowadays, the palace is the current residence of the President.