Are you still not sure about where to go on your Hanoi travel? Then pay Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House a visit. As a symbol of Hanoi, this was where the late president of Vietnam used to live and work. Here, you will have a glimpse into the great life of Ho Chi Minh and a part of the heroic history of Vietnam.
1. Where is Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House? How to get there?
Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House is situated in the garden of the Presidential Palace on Ngoc Hoi Street, Ba Dinh District, Hanoi, near Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum. This is where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1958 until his passing in 1969.
Uncle Ho’s Stilt House, located in the heart of Hanoi, is as modest and simple as the president himself. It preserves a lot of memories from the time he lived and worked here, especially in his last 10 years.
To get to Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, there are many means of transportation you can use, from motorbike to bus. If you go by motorbike, there are various routes you can take. The easiest way is to put the destination in Google Maps and see which route is the shortest and most convenient for you.
There are two parking areas for motorbikes:
- Ong Ich Khiem Street, opposite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Guard High Command
- Ngoc Ha Street, at the entrance of Ho Chi Minh Museum
2. The history and significance of Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House Hanoi
When the peace of Northern Vietnam was restored in October 1954, President Ho Chi Minh returned to Hanoi from Viet Bac War Zone. He relocated to the Presidential Palace at the end of December of the same year, where he remained until his passing. The Presidential Palace is a special national relic complex, having 16 large and small buildings. Among them, Uncle Ho's Stilt House is an outstanding work.
During a visit to Dai Tu District in Thai Nguyen Province, Ho Chi Minh expressed his desire to stay in a stilt house that resembled the traditional house of the Tay - Thai ethnic group in Viet Bac. He also wanted the house to be built next to the fish pond in the Presidential Palace.
Uncle Ho then met an architect named Nguyen Van Ninh. Together, they constructed a modest two-storey wooden house on stilts. The house was finished on May 17, 1958, just in time for Ho Chi Minh's birthday anniversary. From then on, the house became his official home.
After Uncle Ho's passing in 1969, the Vietnamese government decided to preserve the house so that people may visit and see it.
3. The landscape and architecture of Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
True to Uncle Ho’s wish, his house was made to resemble the traditional house of said minority ethnics in Viet Bac. It stands behind the main building of the Presidential Palace. Next to it is the fish pond and the lovely garden that Uncle Ho used to cherish. All of this has created a tranquil and fresh atmosphere for the stilt house.
The house is 10.5 meters in length and 6.3 meters in height. It has two floors with a wooden tilted roof. The first floor only consists of stairs and columns and has no walls or rooms. Going up the stairs, you will see a living room where Uncle Ho and key government officials used to have meetings. This was also his personal office during summers.
Here, you will also see a bedroom and a workroom divided by a bookshelf. Each room is about 10 square meters wide, equipped with Uncle Ho’s essential furniture.
The fish pond is also a highlight of Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House. This is where Uncle Ho usually spent his time after work, feeding the fish and enjoying the peaceful ambiance.
Surrounding the house are various fruit trees and fragrant flowers. Coming here will definitely bring you relaxation, a temporary getaway from the hustle and bustle of city life.
4. Useful information for a sightseeing tour to Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House
4.1. Ticket fee of Uncle Ho's Stilt House
Vietnameses tourists can enter the site for free. Meanwhile, the ticket fee for foreign tourists is 25,000 VND.
4.2. Opening hours of Uncle Ho's Stilt House
Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House welcomes thousands of domestic and international visitors every year. It is open every day except on Monday and Friday, from 7.30 am to 11 am and 1 pm to 4 pm.
4.3. Tourist attractions near Uncle Ho's Stilt House
Besides Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, there are many other tourist attractions you can visit in the area.
- Ho Chi Minh Museum: Here, you will get a glimpse into Ho Chi Minh’s life and how great he was as a country leader.
- Presidential Palace: Featuring typical and beautiful French colonial architecture, the Presidential Palace has a unique charm full of elegance and nobility.
- House No. 54: This was where Ho Chi Minh lived and worked from 1954 to 1958, located to the north of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
- One Pillar Pagoda: This is a unique structure of Hanoi, standing on a lone giant column. The pagoda is considered a symbol of Hanoi.
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Ho Chi Minh is a significant figure, a great leader in the history of Vietnam. Visiting Ho Chi Minh's Stilt House, you will see his modest yet inspiring lifestyle and appreciate the contributions he made for the revolution and independence of the country.