Presidential Palace Historical Site (Khu di tích Phủ Chủ tịch), which is located in Hanoi, Vietnam, is the place where Ho Chi Minh used to live and work in most of his revolutionary life (from December 19, 1954, to September 2, 1969). This site was ranked as a relic site by the Ministry of Culture and Information of Vietnam on May 15th, 1975. Currently, it has been included in the list of 23 special national relics by the Prime Minister of Vietnam.
This land was originally the northwestern part of the Citadel of the ancient Thang Long Citadel. When French colonialism invaded Vietnam, after invading Northern Vietnam, the colonialism chose Hanoi as the center of the whole Indochina, and the French Governor-General of Indochina was built on this land.
At the Presidential Palace, President Ho Chi Minh received many guests who were delegations of political parties, unions, and religions; deputies of workers, farmers, intellectuals, military; deputies of ethnic minorities; delegates of the people of Southern Vietnam and soldiers of People’s Liberation Armed Forces of South Vietnam (called off “South Vietnamese soldiers”). On February 9, 1955, the Presidential Palace was opened for teenagers to have an opportunity to visit him. He also held many children’s painting exhibitions here.
After President Ho Chi Minh passed away, the Presidential Palace became a historic relic. It is an attractive place for many domestic and international tourists. When Ho Chi Minh Museum was established on September 12, 1977, this area belongs to the management of the Ho Chi Minh Museum. On November 6, 1992, the Presidential Palace relic was separated from Ho Chi Minh Museum, and then it belongs to the Ministry of Culture and Information.
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What Is The Best Time To Visit?
The Presidential Palace Historical Site opens every day except for Monday and Friday. In the summer (April 1 to October 31), it opens from 7:30 am to 10:30 am. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays start from 7:30 am to 11 am. In the winter (November 1 to March 31 of the following year), opening time is from 8 am to 11 am. Saturdays, Sundays, and holidays start from 8 am to 11:30 pm.
On May 19, September 2, and January 1, the Lunar New Year, if it is on Monday or Friday, it is still open to visitors.
Domestic tourists will not have to pay entrance fees. Foreign visitors have to pay about VND 25,000/ticket to visit the Presidential Palace Historical Site.
What Are Activities For Tourists To Do?
With a total area of over 14 hectares, in which the ranked area is 22,000 m², including 16 buildings, the oldest buildings existing more than 100 years and the newest one over 40 years. When coming here, visitors will have an opportunity to admire a number of large valuable works in the area:
– “Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House”: restored according to the stilt house, where President Ho Chi Minh stayed from May 18, 1958, to August 17, 1969. This stilt house was reconstructed in 1969, after when President Ho Chi Minh passed away. In 1969, the Ho Chi Minh Museum bought wood to build a stilt house similar to the original style, and the original house was preserved in the storage. The house has two floors where he worked, received guests, and had some rest. It is also the place where many important documents were drafted by Uncle Ho. Surrounding the stilt house are flower gardens and fish ponds, creating a very peaceful scenery.
– House No. 54, where President Ho Chi Minh stayed and worked from December 19, 1954, to May 18, 1958. After moving to live in his stilt house, he still came here to eat and use the personal hygiene facilities every day.
– The political meeting room where the 1968 Spring Offensive and Rebellion was decided.
– House No. 67, where the political gatherings were held and where Ho Chi Minh was in convalescence and passed away.
– Flower Trellis of Presidential Palace where Ho Chi Minh received guests.
– Kitchen A and kitchen B.
– Prime Minister’s house.
– Duong Xoai (đường Xoài): the way that President Ho Chi Minh often used to walks after work and do morning exercise.
– “The trail of Uncle Ho”: the path that President Ho Chi Minh used to exercise with the desire to have enough health to visit the people of Southern Vietnam in the last years of his life.
– “Uncle Ho fish pond” with an area of 3,320 m² and 3 m deep, has many fish species released here.
In addition, the garden here has 161 species of plants belonging to 54 families of plants, including 58 species originating from foreign countries.
Besides, there are many tourist attractions to visit such as Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Tran Quoc Pagoda, Temple of Literature, Hoan Kiem Lake, and Hanoi Old Quarter. Temple of Literature is an attraction for tourists who want to learn about Confucianism in Vietnam. When visiting this site, you must cost 30,000 VND/ person. It will be extremely interesting to travel to Hanoi Old Quarter; you will have the chance to discover the culture and people here.
What To Eat?
You can find a number of Hanoi restaurants and food stalls near the Presidential Palace Historical Site.
Where To Stay?
Presidential Palace Historical Site is located near the center of Hanoi Old Quarter, so there are many hotels for you to stay. We will give some suggestions for you to choose including:
Sao Mai Lemon Hotel: Price range: 13/night
Green Hotel Hanoi: Price range: $20/night
Rosaliza Hotel Hanoi: Price range: $76/night
Hanoi Emotion Hotel: Price range: $38/night
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