Every visitor coming to Hanoi, then does not miss the opportunity to visit Presidential Palace – where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked during the years after reunification. It brings great historical value as well as the importance for the country. This area has become a sightseeing associated with Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum.
The historical site of Presidential Palace is situated in Ngoc Ha Ward, Ba Dinh District, Ha Noi, near Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, One Pillar Pagoda and Ho Chi Minh Museum.
Presidential Palace was former the Governor of Indochina built between 1900 and 1906, designed by a French architect according to Roman style, a kind of Western architecture.
Within 15 years, President Ho Chi Minh welcomed over 1000 delegates both domestic and international here. He also read poems for Tet (Lunar New Year) here.
Being one of the largest palaces built by the French in Indochina at time war, the palace covers 30 rooms, especially each room has a different décor. The structure is covered with dark yellow lime and lies behind a large iron gate.
The building is designed symmetrically. Specifically, it has two main floors, located on a podium, the top is an attic. The second floor was used as living room, work room and banquet room. The rooms here are large, designed formally, suitable for meetings. The third floor was designed to have private rooms for accommodation and resting place.
The architecture of the palace is a flawless combination between France and Italy. Only the surrounding area where Vietnamese plants such as mangos, logans…were put in, brings Vietnam style in it.
It used to be the workplace of President Ho Chi Minh and the important activities of the country were also carried out here. However, after Ho Chi Minh’s death, it became one of the historic sites about him.