17.01.2009 - 17.01.2009 17 °C
We got to Hanoi in the morning and we went to the Ho Chi Min Mosaleum - this is where Ho Chi Min's body is kept - it was a wierd experience seeing tourists (us being 2 of them) going around single file looking at a dead man's body that's all lit up. He actually wanted to be cremated but as he made such a big difference to Vietnam gaining it's independence, the people of Vietnam felt that they had to do something special to remember him. They call him 'the father' and feel that he should be on display so that people can worship him just like they worship Buddha. We also saw where he used to live and we went to the Ho Chi Min museum which explained his life story.
We then went to the see the One Pillar Pagoda which is a small buddhist temple located at the top of one single pillar. We had lunch at KOTO (Know One Teach One)- a restaurant run by street kids - we had falafel there, was really nice. After lunch we went to the Temple of Literature - this is the oldest library in Vietnam. The library had pillars with tortoises on them - the pillars had names of doctors on the them and the tortoises symbolise 'forever'.
In the evening, we went to see the water puppet show - was interesting but hard to follow the story as it was all in vietnamese but was a good show. We had dinner at a local Vietnamese restaurant.