A long line people waiting to pay tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh inside his mausoleum (Illustrative photo: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – As many as 38,625 people, including 1,133 foreigners, paid tribute to late President Ho Chi Minh at his mausoleum in Hanoi on September 1 and 2.

The President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Management Board coordinated well with relevant agencies to make preparations for the occasion. On September 2, Vietnam’s National Day, visitors to the mausoleum were served free water bottles and breads.

President Ho Chi Minh was born on May 19, 1890 in Kim Lien commune, Nam Dan district, the central province of Nghe An. He devoted all of his life to the national liberation cause while tirelessly striving for peace and progress in the world.

He led the nation to success in the struggle for national independence and in establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam following the August Revolution in 1945. The President passed away on September 2, 1969.

The President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, opening to the public on August 29, 1975, is an important landmark of Hanoi capital city and stands integrated to the political and social history of Vietnam.

After his death, President Ho Chi Minh was embalmed and put for view in this granite mausoleum. The mausoleum, modelled after Lenin's tomb in Moscow, was built in two years, from 1973 to 1975, with materials donated by people from all over the country.-VNA