I - Where is the Presidential Palace Hanoi located?
Located at 2 Hung Vuong street, Ngoc Hoi ward, Ba Dinh district, this palace is a part of the Ho Chi Minh Complex (Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, Uncle Ho’s Split House,...). About 2.8km from Hanoi's Old Quarter, you can catch a bus or ride a motorbike to here
You go to Hoan Kiem Lake parking lot and choose one of the 2 following bus routes with the fare of 7,000 VND/way ($0.3):
- Bus No.14: Get off at 192A Quan Thanh street, 600m from the Ho Chi Minh Presidential Palace
- Bus No.09A: Get off at 18A Le Hong Phong street, 650m from the palace.
Note that the transportation in Hanoi is sometimes extremely crazy. You can park your motorbike at the surrounding parking lots (Ong Ich Khiem street or Ngoc Ha street) with fares from 5,000 - 10,000 VND/motorbike ($0.22 - 0.43).
II - How impressive is the architecture of the Hanoi Presidential Palace?
From far away, the palace looks so attractive with eye-catching yellow color and the Renaissance style. It was designed by a German architect - Auguste Henri Vildieu and was built from 1900 to 1906. There are more than 30 rooms decorated in different styles in this palace.
The impressive architecture of the Presidential Palace, Hanoi Vietnam - Source: Redsvn
During the French Colonial Era, this building was called the Governor-General of Indochina and had 29 generations of Governor-General who lived and worked here since the building was completed until 19/08/1945. However, it was not until October 1954 when the second resistance against French colonialism was successful and the Hanoi capital was liberated that this building was officially owned by Vietnam with the name of the Presidential Palace.
III - What to do when visiting the Hanoi Presidential Palace?
This palace is currently the workplace of the Vietnamese President as well as the place where important activities of the Party and the State of Vietnam take place. Therefore, direct visiting inside the palace is not allowed. You can stand from the outside admiring the architecture of the palace.
House No.54 - Source: Internet
Presidential Palace Hanoi Vietnam is located in the Ho Chi Minh Complex, including Ho Chi Minh Museum, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ba Dinh Square, No. 54 house, Uncle Ho's stilt house, and close to One Pillar Pagoda. That is why you should combine visiting these attractions with a trip to the Vietnam Presidential Palace to gain more experience.
Ho Chi Minh Museum
This is the place to keep documents and artifacts about President Ho Chi Minh.
- Add: No.19 Ngoc Ha street, Doi Can ward, Ba Dinh district
- Ticket price: 40,000 VND/person ($1.8)
Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum
This is currently the place to keep the body of the President Ho Chi Minh.
- Add: No.2 Hung Vuong street, Dien Ban ward, Ba Dinh district
Ba Dinh Square
Ba Dinh Square located in front of Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and on the right of the Presidential Palace, Hanoi, is the place where Uncle Ho read the Declaration of Independence, giving birth to the Democratic Republic of Vietnam on September 2, 1945.
Uncle Ho used to live and work at House No.54 from 1954 to 1958. A small garage next to the house is now a place to display cars of Uncle Ho
Uncle Ho's stilt house - Source: VnExpress
Uncle Ho's stilt house
This is the place where President Ho Chi Minh lived and worked. The stilt house located behind the Presidential Palace in Hanoi is designed based on the stilt houses of the Northwestern people. Everything in the house is mostly intact and carefully preserved.
One Pillar Pagoda
This is a pagoda with a unique architecture in Vietnam. Having a unique design of being built on a stone pillar located in the middle of a small lotus pond, the pagoda bears a resemblance to a lotus flower.
- Add: No.1 Chua Mot Cot street, Doi Can ward, Ba Dinh district
Hanoi Presidential Palace is an impressive building and well worth a visit in Hanoi.