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Ba Dinh Square, Hanoi Overview

Ba Dinh Square, the huge yard in front of Ho Chi Minh Masoleum, is a historical milestone where the Declaration of Independence of Vietnam was read in 1945.

Ba Dinh Square is comprised of Ba Dinh Hall, Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum, Ho Chi Minh Museum and a monument dedicated to heroic martyrs. It is the perfect place to get an insight into the modern history of Vietnam's struggle for independence. The historical milestone is surrounded by several important buildings including the President's Palace, the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, National Assembly Building, and the Ministry of Planning and Investment.

A number of events and festivals are organized frequently at Ba Dinh Square, making this place lively and chirpy. A visit to Ba Dinh Square is a must as this serene place is perfect to know the history of Vietnam and also to pay a visit to the various significant buildings that surround it.
Ba Dinh Square, with its greenery and different architectural marvels surroundings, is a perfect place to spend a day relaxing and exploring the history of Vietnam. 

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History of Ba Dinh Square

Ba Dinh Square is named after the Ba Dinh Uprising which occurred in Vietnam between 1886 and 1887 to oppose and rebel against the French occupation. On September 2, 1945, it was at Ba Dinh Square that President Ho Chi Minh read the Proclamation of Independence of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam after which Vietnam became a free country. After the death of Ho Chi Minh 24 years later, a granite mausoleum was built here to display his body and till date, it is the most visited place by travellers.

Activities at the Ba Dinh Square

Ba Dinh Square is a popular place among the locals as well as travellers to come to take a stroll or exercise. It is also a favourite gathering place where people meet each other and hang out. The beauty of Ba Dinh Square increases tenfold during the night when all the buildings are illuminated amidst the darkness. The whole place looks mesmerizing and beautiful where people can be seen relaxing and having a good time.

Many national festivals like Vietnam National Day are also celebrated at Ba Dinh Square with a lot of zest and enthusiasm. A number of parades and commemoration ceremonies of soldiers and veterans also take place here.

Flag raising and lowering ceremony: Every morning at 6:00 AM and every night at 9:00 PM, a flag-raising ceremony and lowering ceremony takes place at Ba Dinh Square. The ceremony also includes an orchestra performing the national anthem by impeccably dressed soldiers in white uniforms. This ceremony succeeds in invoking patriotic feelings in each and every person and is a must-visit event.

How To Reach Ba Dinh Square

Ba Dinh Square is located adjacent to the Ho Chi Minh Complex in Ba Dinh District. You can reach Ba Dinh Square easily by either hiring a car from any part of Hanoi. A number of buses run at regular intervals from different parts of Hanoi to Le Hong Phong Road from where Ba Dinh Square is located at a walkable distance of 2 minutes.

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