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Ho Chi Minh’s Stylish Wooden House on Stilts

Next to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi, are the grounds which form the complex that the Vietnamese President worked in from 1954 to 1969. That's just 15 years, yet even today, the place was packed out with visitors and we were frequently slowed by the pace of the queue when it passed through some of the features.

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We entered the grounds straight from the Mausoleum and the first building we see - albeit from a distance - is the impressively official looking and European-styled French Colonial President Palace.

Apparently, Ho Chi Minh refused to live in this grand structure for symbolic reasons, although he still received state guests there. He wanted a far simpler abode, which we also visited. Whilst his new place was being built, from 1954 to 1958, he stayed in a much smaller, but also yellow house, which is quite basic in design and decor. The windows are open but covered with sheets of glass, so as we pass with all the other visitors, we get a quick glimpse of the interiors, which show different rooms for different purposes (dining room, office etc).

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This yellow house is just around the corner from the Palace and is next to the fish pond that still contains lots of brightly colour carp.

Further along, is Ho Chi Minh's newer home which he moved into in 1958, living there until 1969. It's called the house-on-stilts since it literally is, a house on stilts! (A traditional Vietnamese stilt house.)

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I wasn't sure about the green blinds, which remind me of banana leaf wrapped dishes, but the house itself is simple, quite open, and made of wood, as you can see. Its damn stylish, even for today's standard, so Ho Chi Minh obviously possessed great taste as well as intelligence!

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The house-on-stilts was by far the attraction, slowing the queue to a crawl as we were able to climb up a set of stairs to view the top floor and back down again.

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Aside from making our way back out to a different part of the grounds, we also saw some interesting trees lining the fish pond that were labeled "But Moc". These trees possessed very strange roots that reached several metres away from the trunk and which grew little short vertical stubs. I seem to vaguely recall something our guide said about buddha statues..

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Check Flickr for more photos on the Ho Chi Minh complex

Check Vietnam-Beauty.com for more information on the Ho Chi Minh complex

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