Ba Dinh Square Tavel Guide
Ba Dinh Square is the name of a famous square in Hanoi where president Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2nd, 1945. It is named after the Ba Dinh Uprising, an anti-French rebellion that occurred in Vietnam in 1886-1887 as part of the Can Vuong movement. When Ho Chi Minh died, the granite Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built here to display his embalmed body, it is a monumental marble edifice. The roof and peristyle are said to evoke either a traditional communal house or a lotus flower, though to many tourists it looks like a concrete cubicle with columns and it remains a major site of tourism and pilgrimage. Ba Dinh Square is in the center of Ba Dinh District, with several important buildings located around it, including the President’s Palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, the Ministry of Planning and Investment, and a new building for the National Assembly currently under construction. If you’re lucky, you’ll catch the changing of the guard outside Ho’s mausoleum, the pomp and ceremony displayed here rivals the British equivalent at Buckingham Palace.