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President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi reopens from Saturday

Saturday, August 15, 2020, 10:17 GMT+7
President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi reopens from Saturday
Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc (front row, third right) inspects the maintenance and renovation work at President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, August 14, 2020. Photo: Vietnam News Agency

Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on Friday agreed to reopen President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi to visitors from Saturday after two months of closure for maintenance and renovation.

On Friday afternoon, PM Phuc inspected the periodic maintenance and renovation of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, which had begun on June 15 and wrapped up on Friday.

In its report to the PM, the management board of the mausoleum said that late President Ho Chi Minh’s embalmed body continued to be preserved in the best state thanks to stable, accurate and reliable technical equipment.

The architecture of the mausoleum and the adjacent works are maintained and repaired in a spacious, clean and beautiful manner, the management board reported, while officers and employees working at the venue have accumulated more experience, improving their organizational qualifications and ability to meet the technical requirements of their works.

Notably, this year’s maintenance and renovation works were carried out without the assistance of experts from Russia as in previous years due to the complicated developments of the COVID-19 pandemic.

In his response to the report, PM Phuc held in high regard the mausoleum management board’s efforts in the maintenance and renovation project.

The government chief also approved the management board’s proposal to restart welcoming visitors to the venue from Saturday, August 15.

However, he reminded the board to ensure security and safety in the area in combination with pandemic prevention and control.

PM Phuc asked the board to continue refining its management model during the 2021-25 period and fulfill assigned tasks.

Phuc also gave his opinions on the board’s other proposals, including cooperation with Russia during 2016-20 and discussions on the signing of the 2021-25 cooperation plan with the Russian Research Institute of Medicinal and Aromatic Plants.

President Ho Chi Minh, born in 1890, was the founder of what is now the Communist Party of Vietnam.

He passed away in 1969. His body was embalmed with help from Soviet experts.

The late Vietnamese president’s embalmed body is up for public viewing at selected times of the year for visitors to the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi.

The mausoleum was built in two years from 1973 to 1975, with materials collected from all parts of Vietnam as a symbolic gesture of national mourning and union.

The solemn granite structure is one of the most iconic landmarks in the heart of the Vietnamese capital city.

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