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General Vo Nguyen Giap's daily life

Vo Nguyen Giap became General when he was 37 years old. Since then, he successfully led the national resistance against the French Colonialists and the American Imperialists to victory.

At the age of 90, General Vo Nguyen Giap had a sound mind and sound body. He did morning exercises for health. Apart from reading and writing (most of his works were masterpieces about the people’s war), he also spent time on other hobbies, i.e. playing the piano, gardening, sightseeing, taking photographs, and recording video, etc.

General Vo Nguyen Giap always considered to have "a kind heart" and "patience".

General Vo Nguyen Giap returning home after work

General Vo Nguyen Giap on a vacation in Vung Tau city. Le Su, a barber, cutting the General's hair at Villa 11, Phan Dinh Phung Street, March 1996

General Vo Nguyen Giap playing the piano-one of his passions.

During the noontime break on his visit to Cu Chi Tunnels in Cu Chi district, Ho Chi Minh city, General Giap resting in a bamboo forest.

General Vo Nguyen Giap watering the plants in his garden.

General Vo Nguyen Giap going to the beach at Vung Tau city, 1996.

Walking is one of the General's favourite physical exercises

General Giap in meditation.

General Vo Nguyen Giap practicing the Tai Chi Chuan every morning.

General Giap employing immigration procedure at the Lang Son International Chekpoint, 1990

General Giap waiting for a train to Zurich (Switzerland) at the Geneva station, September 21, 1996

Daily writing.

General Giap and his family going to a bookshop.

Every day General Giap spent time reading.

A day-off for General Giap and his family.

A daily meal of General Giap and his wife.

General Giap and his family visiting Uncle Ho's house on stilts in the Presidential Palace 

General Giap visiting the tea shop of Tran Thi Tinh (open off office hours), a singer in the Ha Tuyen Musical Troupe, 1990

General Giap and Mr. Le Xuan Hoa writing calligraphy at Van Mieu-Quoc Tu Giam (Temple of Literature), Ha Noi.

Talking photographs and recording video, one of the General's hobbies.


A moment of relaxation at Villa 11, Phan Dinh Phung, Vung Tau city

Source: "Commander-in-chief General Vo Nguyen Giap" Book