Ho chi Minh lived for most of his live as president of North Vietnam in a modest stilt house behind the imposing Presidential Palace in Hanoi. Ho đưa ra Minh’s Stilt House can now be visited khổng lồ have a small look into the life of uncle Ho.

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About Ho bỏ ra Minh’s life in the stilt house

Ho đưa ra Minh did not live in the palace, because there were too many painful memories of French colonial times in the minds of the Vietnamese people. The Presidential Palace is a colonial building built during the French rule. French governors lived in the palace và were some of the most hated people in Vietnam. For that reason, Ho chi Minh did not want to be part of it.

Ho bỏ ra Minh wanted khổng lồ live in a simple & modest house, like a man of the people. When he was in the northwest of the country he got inspired by the traditional stilt houses where the local minorities live in. He asked to built him a stilt house for his own use in the Presidential Gardens. When the architect showed Ho bỏ ra Minh the plans, he asked to remove the toilet in the design, as it moved too much from the traditional stilt house design.

Ho chi Minh moved into the stilt house on May 17, 1958 and lived here until 1969, when he died. Now you can visit Ho bỏ ra Minh’s Stilt House and can get a better picture of the life of Uncle Ho.

1. Ho bỏ ra Minh’s Stilt House

Ho đưa ra Minh’s Stilt House was built in the garden of the Presidential Palace. Besides being a bit better constructed, it looks not much different than a house on stilts of ethnic minorities in the mountainous regions of Vietnam. The house is next khổng lồ a fishing pond, where he liked to lớn go fishing, và is surrounded by fruit trees.

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This small wooden stilt house where he lived consists of 2 floors, very modest and simple, with only a few rooms where Ho chi Minh rested và studied. In the room on the ground floor, he consulted his military commanders & other leaders. His bedroom & study are on the top floor.

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Visit Ho bỏ ra Minh’s Stilt House

It is possible lớn visit Ho đưa ra Minh’s Stilt House. It is located in the gardens behind the Presidential Palace & close khổng lồ the Ho đưa ra Minh Mausoleum.

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Address: 1 Hoàng Hoa Thám, Ngọc Hồ, bố Đình

Entrance fee: 40,000 VND

Opening times: 7:30 AM – 4:00 PM (closed during lunch time from 11:00 AM – 1:30 PM)


How to get there

Ho bỏ ra Minh’s Stilt House is around 2.5 km from the heart of the Old Quarter. Every xe taxi driver knows cha Dinh square & it will cost you not more than 5 dollar. Another more fun option it lớn go by traditional cyclo. These bicycle taxis can be found anywhere in the old town, but prepare lớn bargain as they often overprice.


Visit the stilt house by local tour

Visit the stilt house và lots of other sights in Hanoi, such as the Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda & the Temple of Literature by small group tour or private tour. It also includes a traditional cyclo ride through the Old Quarter.


Tips for visiting

It can get very busy, especially during weekend & later in the afternoon. It is best khổng lồ come in the early morning lớn avoid the crowds.If you want lớn visit the Mausoleum next khổng lồ it, make sure you dress appropriate.Combine a visit to Ho chi Minh’s Stilt House with many other sights in the area (continue reading them below)

2. Presidential palace

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The Presidential palace, although you can see it from a small distance, it is not possible to lớn actually visit it. The bright yellow palace is not difficult lớn spot between the trees in the garden of the palace. It was designed by a French architect and built in 1900. It has three floors with 30 rooms, all designed in French colonial style.

The palace is still used for political gatherings và for that reason you can only visit the garden as a visitor.

3. Other things to vày in the area

There are a lot of other sights in the area of the house of Ho bỏ ra Minh. Right next lớn it on cha Dinh square you will find the Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum, the place where you can find the remains of Ho chi Minh.

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Ho bỏ ra Minh Mausoleum

If you want to lớn learn even more about his life, you can also visit the Ho bỏ ra Minh Museum on the same square. Between the museum & the Mausoleum you will find the One Pillar Pagoda, one of the most sacred temples in Hanoi.

If you don’t mind walking a little further, there are more places khổng lồ visit within 1,5 km from this area. In the north you will find Hanoi’s largest lake, West lake, with the Tran Quoc pagoda. To the east you will find the Imperial thành phố of Thăng Long và to the south is the Perfume Pagoda.