President Ho Chi Minh’s Stilt House in Hanoi

By Ha Thanh   September 5, 2020 | 12:03 pm GMT+7 

VNExpressHo Chi Minh’s Stilt House, the living and working space of the former president, is a popular historic site in Hanoi for both Vietnamese and foreign travelers.

Built in 1958, the tile-roofed stilt house has a single floor and measures 10.5 metres in perimeter (??) and 6.2 metres in height. It resembles the style of the traditional of the Tay – Thai ethnic stilt house in Viet Bac, the northernmost region of Vietnam consisting of six provinces, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, and Thai Nguyen. Prior to the construction of the house, Ho Chi Minh, known affectionately as Uncle Ho, had discussed its design thoroughly with its architect, Nguyen Van Ninh. He wanted it to resemble his previous stilt house in Viet Bac, with the ground floor being open and the first having a study and a bedroom and a wall with a bookcase and surrounded by a verandah. Uncle Ho lived and worked here from 1958 until his death in 1969. It witnessed many monumental decisions made for the country, making it an architectural, cultural and political heritage of Vietnam.

Built in 1958, the tile-roofed stilt house at 1 Hoang Hoa Tham Street in Ba Dinh District has a single floor and measures 10.5 metres in length and 6.2 metres in width. It resembles the style of the traditional of the Tay – Thai ethnic stilt houses in Viet Bac, the northernmost region of Vietnam consisting of six provinces, Cao Bang, Bac Kan, Lang Son, Ha Giang, Tuyen Quang, and Thai Nguyen. Viet Bac was the name of the region in the time of war against the French colonists (1945-1954).

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