The living and working place of one of the most famous and important political characters in Vietnam history, President Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House, aka Uncle Ho’s stilt house is a must-visit place for tourists upon visiting Hanoi.
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With simple design with peaceful and fresh air at this place, visitors can know more about the greatness and simplicity of the man who lived there.
Location: Number 1 Bach Thao Alley, Ngoc Ho, Ba Dinh, Ha NoiOpening hours: 7:30 am to 4 pm daily, lunch break from 11 am to 1:30 pmEntrance fee: VND 40,000 - charged at the gate
Historyof Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
The history of the house began on March 2, 1958, when Uncle Ho came to visit the first agricultural cooperative in Thai Nguyen province. The journey included seeing stilt houses, which reminded the President of his time in the Northern base. At that time, his assistants were seeking a suitable house for him.
Since the Vietnamese war against the French has ended in 1954, the President came back to Ha Noi. At that time, he refused to live in the luxurious President Palace. President Ho Chi Minh thought carefully and then told his comrades that he wanted to build a stilt house on the other side of the pond to live and work. After that, Politburo of Vietnam Labour Party at that time decided to build a house for him.
The designer of the stilt house was architect Nguyen Van Ninh. At that time, he was Deputy Director of Architectural Design Department of Ministry of Transport and Irrigation.
After the design was completed, on April 15, 1958, the stilt house started to be built. The builders were Team 5, under the Basic Construction Team of General Department of Logistics, including 30 people led by comrade Nguyen Kim Toan as Captain.
After about a month, on May 17, 1958, Uncle Ho’s stilt house was completed. On May 19, 1958, the President moved into this house and lived here until August 17, 1969.
After Uncle Ho’s death, Uncle Ho’s Stilt House with its historical significance becomes an architectural work influenced by Vietnamese national culture. On May 15, 1975, Uncle Ho’s stilt house was ranked as a special national cultural and historical monument.
Over four decades after Uncle Ho’s death, the relic Uncle Ho’s stilt house at the Presidential Palace has welcomed more than 50 millions visitors both from Vietnam and more than 150 countries worldwide.
Architecture and Structure
The house is designed in the style of ethnic minority: 10.5m in length, 6.2m in height and has two floors.
The first floor is the place where President Ho Chi Minh works in the summer. This place is often the meeting place of the supreme officials in the government.
The upper floor has two rooms: a loft room and a bedroom. Each room is just 10 square meters in width. The room only shows essential items in the daily life of Ho Chi Minh.
In front of the house, there is a pond with a lot of colorful fishes.
On the backside of the house, there is a fruit garden with precious species from many places in Vietnam and foreign countries.
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Highlights of Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House
Below are the reasons why Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House Hanoi is special:
This place is a house supported mostly by natural wooden stilts. Inside the house, wooden materials are everywhere: a ground wooden floor where Uncle Ho used to welcome visitors, a wooden table with many small wooden and bamboo chairs, etc.