fredag 26 februari 2010

Picture # 48 - The mausoleum guard

I took this photo outside the The Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum in Hanoi in February 2010.

What do you think about the photo?
Trivia: Observe the insect above the shoulder!

About the Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum
The Hồ Chí Minh Mausoleum is a large memorial to the Vietnamese leader. It is located in the center of Ba Ðình Square, which is the place where Ho read the Declaration of Independence on September 2, 1945, establishing the Democratic Republic of Vietnam.

In his will, Ho Chi Minh stated his wish to be cremated and to have his ashes scattered in the hills of north, central, and southern Vietnam. He said that he preferred cremation because it would be "more hygienic than burial and would also save land for agricultural purposes". The mausoleum was built in spite of his wishes.

Photo by: Anders Thorsell