Former President ’Uncle Ho’ lies in state here and people come from all over Vietnam and the world to pay their respects. His embalmed body is displayed in a granite monolith modeled after Lenin’s tomb in Moscow. It is popular with tourists and there are a number of visitor attractions close by, including Ho Chi Minh’s House and Museum and the tiny One Pillar Pagoda, a lotus-shaped pagoda resting on a single stone pillar rising out of a lotus pool.
Note that all museums throughout Hanoi and Vietnam are closed on Mondays and some also on Fridays. There are currently no tourist passes in Hanoi.