What makes ho chi minh special?

Ho Chi Minh led a long and successful campaign to make Vietnam independent. He was president of North Vietnam from 1945 to 1969, and was one of the most influential communist leaders of the 20th century. Ho Chi Minh City used to be known as saigon, although this officially changed after Ho Chi Minh unified Vietnam after the Vietnam War. As such, Ho Chi Minh City is a place that is steeped in the most important modern history in the world, and you'll find references to this on every street corner.

If you want to learn more about the reunification period in Vietnam, you can visit monuments, museums and places used during the Vietnam War, such as the Cu Chi tunnels, but you will also find a modern and vibrant side of the city at the same time. The cathedral is designed in neo-Romanesque style and here you can see the towers, which rise to a height of 40 meters and are crowned with impressive iron spires. The Mekong Delta is made up of 39,000 square kilometers of waterways and is also one of the most densely populated parts of Vietnam. The market was built in the 1880s during the colonial period and here you can take a walk and try the food stalls.

The temple dates back to 1902 and is covered with brass ritual ornaments and antique weapons. The temple is located near Lake Dam Sen and was founded in the 18th century. Home of the president of South Vietnam during the United States War, as locals prefer to call the Vietnam War, this is the place where the first North Vietnamese communist tanks crashed into the doors on the morning of April 30, 1975, prompting the official surrender of Saigon. At various times between 1913 and 1919, Thành (Ho) claimed to have lived in West Ealing and later in Crouch End, Hornsey.

Watch the city lights at sunset as you take a Tom Collins from the deck of a traditional 19th century dragon boat, watch a show and enjoy a buffet meal in style. Modern office blocks and hotels have emerged, but the city still retains much of its past and, without a doubt, its Vietnamese identity. The Ho Chi Minh Museum was built in 1885, although at this time it would have been known as Gia Long Palace, and later as the Revolutionary Museum. Around this time, he began to use the name of Ho Chi Minh (more or less translated as “Light Bearer”).

It is comparable in many ways to that of Mao Zedong in China and that of Kim Il-sung and Kim Jong-il in North Korea. Three of Ho Chi Minh City's most famous hotels are located here in the form of Rex, Majestic and Caravelle, and all have rooftop bars with incredible views of the sparkling city. The soup is made with broth to which the noodles are added and you can choose from a variety of ingredients to customize the dish. Reputable hotels can point you in the direction of a good restaurant with those creatures on the menu, or look for bottles of snake wine known as ruou thuoc in most markets.

Ho's body was said to have been hidden and transported a long way between forests and rivers in a specially designed coffin until the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was built. The Vietnam War began in the 1950s, according to most historians, although the conflict in Southeast Asia had its roots in the French colonial period of the 19th century. If you want to try some of the best pho in town, then your best option is to stop at one of the many street food stalls that abound here. This means that it is not possible to enter the church; however, it is worth visiting from the outside.

In Russia, there is a HChi Minh Square and a monument in Moscow, HChi Minh Boulevard in St. Petersburg and HChi Minh Square in Ulyanovsk (birthplace of Vladimir Lenin, sister city of Vinh, birthplace of HChi Minh). Formerly known as Saigon, Ho Chi Minh City was renamed after the late North Vietnamese leader shortly after the end of the Vietnam War, although many people, including Vietnamese, still use the old name. .

John Smith
John Smith

John is an expatriate in Ho Chi Minh City (Saigon) of 14 years and enjoys writing about questions that he often sees online, places he has visited, and food he has sampled in HCMC. Please note John suffers from Dyslexia and apologizes in advance.