Adventures in East Asia

Ho Chi Minh Museum in Hanoi

The Ho Chi Minh Museum is the final place we visit whilst in the Ho Chi Minh complex. The museum was built in the shape of a white lotus flower, which is nearly 20m high and includes 3 floors.


The ground floor houses a conference hall whereas the main exhibition area of the museum is on the second floor covering an area of nearly 4,000 square metres.


More than 2,000 documents and show-pieces are displayed, systematically reflecting President Ho Chi Minh's life from his early traveling and thoughts, to the revolutionary cause since late 19th century.

The Ho Chi Minh Museum was inaugurated on May 19th, 1990, right on the birth centenary anniversary of President Ho Chi Minh. We first entered a long, simple room packed with lots of early photographs, statues and publications relevant to Ho Chi Minh's life and travels around the world. I noticed a shot of the prison he was held in whilst in Hong Kong and also a picture of a London building.


We then moved on through a hall in the centre of the second floor which is dominated by a statue of Ho Chi Minh which is at least eighteen feet high (seen in the photo at the top of this page). Passing though, we get to the main exhibition space which actually circumvents the initial hall we entered.


Atmospherically lit models and displays explain Vietnamese life and Ho Chi Minh's relevant movements during his travels. I didn't note down exact details and dates, but he traveled for around forty years (I think) mastering several languages along the way.


Plaques quoting some of Ho Chi Minh's thinking are dispersed through out giving a good insight into his developing strategies. I particularly resonated with the following:

"Peasants have provided the Resistance with most of their man-power and material resources. It is necessary to free them from the feudal yoke and to develop their strength so that we can mobilise all this great force to serve the Resistance and win victory".
Ho Chi Minh. 1953


In total, the exhibition comprises three main areas:

1. President Ho Chi Minh's life and revolutionary cause, and Vietnamese people's implementation of the President's testament.

2. Exhibition on the Vietnamese people's life, struggle and victory under the leadership of President Ho Chi Minh.

3. Exhibition on the world's history with major events since the late 19th century.


More photos from the Ho Chi Minh Museum on Flickr

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