With the outcome of the Vietnam War still in question, Ho Chi Minh died at 9:47 a.m. on the morning of 2 September 1969 from heart failure at his home in Hanoi, aged 79. News of his death was withheld from the North Vietnamese public for nearly 48 hours because he had died on the anniversary of the founding of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam. Ho Chi Minh’s Mausoleum. In his will, the President stated his wish to be cremated, and to be buried on the hills of the North, the Center, and the South of Vietnam. But, in honor of his huge dedication for the country and for the love of all Vietnamese for him, the Government decided to keep his body so that he can see the whole country’s reunion, and the following generations can come and visit him. So, on September 2nd, 1973, the mausoleum started to be built and was completed on August 22nd, 1975.
From April to September, the Mausoleum is open at 7:30am to 10:30am from Tuesdays to Thursdays; 7:30am to 11am on weekends. From December to March, the Mausoleum is open on 8am to 11am from Tuesday to Thursday, and from 8am to 11:30am on weekends.