Hanoi

This is the capital of Vietnam and is located in the north of the country.

Mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh in central Hanoi. Long queues of people wait in line outside to visit this shrine, although when I visited it on one of my trips I was ushered inside rapidly, as an 'honoured foreign guest'. Rather like when visiting the Tower of London to see the Crown Jewels, one is kept moving all the time, but it is rather impressive - although 'Uncle Ho' has a rather greenish pallor, the lighting being orange (I suppose to avoid undue damage to the embalmed corpse).
'One Legged' Pagoda in central Hanoi. This is popular with Vietnamese visitors and is located in the same park in central Hanoi where Ho Chi Minh had his home when he was president - a fairly simple wooden home on stilts; he refused to move into the Presidential Palace, for which the park was the garden, as he considered it far too grand. Like many of the older public buildings here (for example the Opera House below), it was built during the time of French colonial rule and is similar to a French château.
The Opera House; now operates as a Theatre and Meeting Hall. This is similar in style to the Opera House in Paris and was built at around the same time.

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