Uncle Ho’s stilt house

Uncle Ho's stilt house

Recently updated on October 23rd, 2020 at 08:06 am

When you travel to Hanoi, Uncle Ho’s stilt house is one of the tourist destinations in Hanoi that you should not fail to visit.
This is the place where Uncle Ho lived and worked for the longest time in his revolutionary life, from May 17, 1958, until his death (1969). The house is not only a historical landmark but also an architectural heritage and cultural heritage of Vietnam.

Uncle Ho’s stilt house is a two-story wooden architecture with a tiled roof, built-in 1958. The house has the architecture of the Tay-Thai ethnic stilt house in Viet Bac. The work is 10.5 m long, 6.2 m wide, two floors high. Before designing, Uncle Ho discussed with architect Nguyen Van Ninh very carefully about his aspirations for the house. He wanted to build a house on stilts like he used to live in Viet Bac.

The stilt house is the longest living place and is also the place where Uncle Ho spent the last years of his life, associated with many important events of the country. This is both architectural heritage, cultural heritage, and contains the great spiritual value.

In front of the house is a pond bridge, where Uncle Ho often feeds fishes and relaxes, whenever Uncle Ho claps his hands, the fish swims closer.

The lower floor of the house on stilts is empty, this is the place where Uncle Ho usually works in the summer, also the place where Uncle Ho and the Politburo hold meetings to decide on many important issues of the country. This is also where Uncle Ho receives guests.

Upstairs there are two rooms, a study room, and a bedroom. Around the stilt house is a tree-lined garden with a variety of trees brought here from all over the country. Uncle Ho’s stilt house is a simple project that clearly reflects his personality and soul; A work with a bold traditional identity, close to and in harmony with nature.

Uncle Ho’s stilt house is also were to receive to many politicians, leaders of many countries in the world, and millions of compatriots across the country, overseas Vietnamese, or foreigners visiting Hanoi annually.


Ticket prices for sightseeing
Vietnamese tourists will not have to buy entrance tickets.
Foreign visitors: fare 40,000 VND.

Note when visiting Uncle Ho’s stilt house:

  • Costume: The dress must be polite and serious, do not wear clothes too short or reflective nature when visiting the complex including the stilt house. The guard may not allow you to enter the area if you violate this.
  • Behavior and attitude:
    • Civilized, polite, light, quiet, and queue in order (if you visit on a crowded day)
    • If you do not want to queue up, you should go to the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum Management to get a special permit before 2-3 days.
    • Carrying out luggage in accordance with the regulations and arrangements of the management of the mausoleum
    • No shooting, filming in prohibited areas, especially inside the tomb area.