The presidential palace is located a few meters from Ho Chi Minh mausoleum, opposite the house where Ho Chi Minh himself lived. The Vietnamese leader Ho Chi Minh, built a humble home made of wood, as Ho Chi Minh didn’t want to live in a palace, taking into account the situation of the country and in solidarity with the vietnamese people. The house, which can be visited, is located on the shore of a small artificial lake where Ho Chi Minh used to feed the fishes and meditate. To attract the attention of the fishes, Ho Chi Minh usually claps his palms. The fishes are get used to that sound and thousands of tourists and visitors, clap their hands and throw breadcrumbs into the water to feed the fishes, fishes eat in a few seconds all the food.(Photos of Hanoi)
The Presidential Palace of Vietnam, located in the city of Hanoi, was built between 1900 and 1906 to house the French Governor-General of Indochina.
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The French colonizers of Vietnam believed in a mission civilisatrice (civilizing missions) that held European culture as an improvement over any native culture. So colonial structures tended to ignore local architecture; instead, French architectural styles were employedfor colonial buildings in French-held Vietnam.
The palace’s construction was ordered by the French Governor-General at the time, Paul Doumer. In his book Hanoi: Biography of a City (buy direct), academic William Logan attributes the creation of the Palace to Doumer’s “overwhelming passion to construct a colonial capital that would reflect the glory of France”.
Some of the land on which the Palace would eventually rise was simply confiscated from private owners; the rest was built on the grounds of the thousand-year-old Mieu Hoi Dong Pagoda, which was demolished despite the pleas of indignant devotees.