Ba Dinh Square is located in the center of Hanoi, northwest of Hoan Kiem Lake. After the victory of the “August Revolution” in Vietnam in 1945, President Ho Chi Minh announced the establishment of the Democratic Republic of Vietnam here. From then on, the square became the political center of Vietnam.
The square is 320 meters long and nearly 100 meters wide. It is now a place for gatherings, celebrations and military parades in Vietnam’s major national festivals. Every morning at around 6:30 a.m., there is a solemn flag-raising ceremony. If you get up early enough, you can watch the whole process of the honor guard entering the square to raise the national flag.
However, most visitors come to Ba Dinh Square, mainly to visit Ho Chi Minh-related buildings around the square. There is the Ho Chi Minh Memorial Hall on the west side of the square, the former residence of Ho Chi Minh and the Presidential Palace on the northwest, the Ho Chi Minh Museum on the southwest, and the One Pillar Pagoda in front of the museum.
In the event of major festivals such as Labor Day and National Day, Ba Dinh Square will hold a grand gathering. The nearby Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum and the Presidential Palace often line up long queues. Visitors who come to visit the grand gathering ceremony should pay attention to the time arrangement.
Ba Dinh Square is equivalent to China’s Tiananmen Square, whose size is about one-third of Tiananmen Square. According to the instruction of the tour guide, if Hanoi is the heart of Vietnam, then Ba Dinh Square is the heart of Hanoi. It is a must-see for the travel to Vietnam. Just like going to Beijing, you must go to Tiananmen Square. It is very big, and the security is very strict. The square is very stylish, especially the lawn design is very scientific, as there is a road in the middle of the lawn, so that people can walk through the lawn without destroying the lawn. In short, Ba Dinh Square is worthy your visit during your trip to Vietnam.