PM Nguyen Xuan Phuc inspects the maintenance of President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum on August 15 (Source: VNA)

Hanoi (VNA) – Prime Minister Nguyen Xuan Phuc on August 15 applauded efforts by relevant units in maintaining and renovating both the President Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Monument for Heroic Mothers in Hanoi.

At a working session with the mausoleum’s management board, the Government leader highly appreciated the application of science and technology in preserving the corpse of President Ho Chi Minh.

He asked the management board to improve the information work in order to promote the cultural and educational values of the mausoleum. He also asked relevant agencies to work harder to ensure the security and safety of the site.

The PM instructed the Ministry of Construction to coordinate with the Hanoi People’s Committee to set forth a plan on building an underground parking lot in the Ba Dinh Cultural-Historical Relic Complex.

According to the management board, the mausoleum will reopen for visitors from August 16 after a temporary closure for annual maintenance and renovation in 2018.

Major General Nguyen Van Cuong, head of the board, said that they had maintained and repaired the equipment and architecture of both the mausoleum and monument.

The management board joined hands with relevant agencies to ensure security and safety during memorial services paying tribute to the late President and other heroic martyrs, as well as for cultural and political activities around the mausoleum.

The sites were closed for annual maintenance and renovation from June 15 to August 15.

The Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum is an important landmark of the capital city and is integral to the political and social history of Vietnam. 

After his death on September 2, 1969, President Ho Chi Minh was embalmed and later placed for viewing at 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.

The mausoleum welcomed nearly 51,000 visitors, including 11,500 foreigners, during holidays in celebration of the 43rd National Reunification Day (April 30) and International Workers’ Day (May 1) this year. –VNA