March 22, 2016 – Day 3 in Vietnam
It’s time to visit the tourist spots in Hà Nội. The weather did not cooperate! It was drizzling a bit and the fogs were everywhere. I don’t think I saw the sun here in Hà Nội.
It was a perfect timing to see this monk solemnly praying. I just took one photo because I might distract him.
This selfie was taken outside the other praying area.
This is Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, final resting place of Ho Chi Minh. I took this picture from the back. If you want to enter it, you have to be there on a very early hour before so many tourists and locals arrive. Look at the subsequent photos and see what I mean.
I didn’t get the end of the line but you can see how long it was.
There were little kids greeting us “hi” and “hello.” There were also high school students and older people. I think there were tourists, too. I can’t wait that long to enter it so I am okay here outside. I can understand the people waiting in line because of how important Ho Chi Minh is to their lives and history. Modern Vietnam was established here.
A childless emperor dreamed of having a baby given by a god seated on a lotus flower. It came true, so he built this. It resembles a lotus which is a Buddhist symbol of purity. But this picturesque sight is a replica. The original pagoda was blasted by the French peeps.
Turtles were their symbol of longevity and wisdom. The students used to rub the head of the turtles in order to pass them exams. It was also said that they rub it with money. This day, however, they placed a barrier to preserve the turtles.
Old legend says that Vietnamese emperor returned the sword to the golden turtle here; sword that banished the Chinese. (If this doesn’t interest you, I don’t know what will. lol)