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Friday, 2 September 2011

What is everyone doing this weekend?

I visited the mausoleum of Ho Chi Minh by chance on this day last year and there were literally thousands of people waiting to go and pay respects to the body of Ho Chi Minh all in one giant line. All the children are also there in their school uniform with the red neck tie and blue shorts which reminds me of a sailors outfit.

Inside in a spectacular glass case his body is embalmed and appears creamy and translucent. Some people believe he is actually not inside the case but there is instead a figure made of wax.  

Guarded 24 hours a day it would be immensely difficult to break in, and well steal or destroy the body I suppose.

Annually takes a break from his hectic lifestyle to visit Russia where he is re- embalmed.

Question - Would you want to be embalmed?

Tomorrow - What do Vietnamese people really think of Ho Chi Minh?

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