D67 Revolutionary House
It is House D67 the full name of which is the Meeting room of the Politburo and Central Military Commission.
In 1966, the U.S. Air Force started raiding Hanoi. In 1967, the raids became increasingly fierce. To ensure the workplace of the headquarters during the war, the Defense Ministry decided to build a house in zone A as the Headquarters of the Defense Ministry (royal step-over palace of Hanoi Citadel under Nguyen Dynasty). The house was designed and built in 1967, called the house D67.
Historical and revolutionary relics – House D67 had associated with the operation of the Politburo, the Central Military Commission of the Communist Party of Viet Nam (before 1976, it was the Vietnam Workers’ Party), Minister of Defense and Chief of the General Staff of People’s Army of Vietnam since September 1968. House D67 was a basic element of the headquarters during the military resistance against American.
In the relics of House D67, there is a Meeting room of the Politburo and Central Military Commission, the working rooms of General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Van Tien Dung.
House D67 is one of the few military architectural constructions in the resistance war against the US still relatively undamaged. The main reason is that the construction was built with sustainable materials such as iron, steel, bricks, sand, and cement; when damaged, it was repaired promptly. On the other hand, the construction was situated in a secret and carefully protected area.
Looking from the outside, House D67 is a normal roof house, with the dimensions of 43.02 x 20.85 m; the height of the roof top is 7.89 m, situating beneath trees. Only when walking inside, the military elements are clear, i.e. 0.6 m thick walls, sound insulation, two layer doors (the outer steel layer is 1 cm thick). On the roof, there is one layer of sand to prevent rocket and bomb shrapnel. The corridor behind is connected with two doors down to basements. The hatch is made of steel plates.
The meeting room of the Politburo and Central Military Commission has four doors; the offices of General Vo Nguyen Giap and General Van Tien Dung have two doors. In case of problems, it is easy to get out or into the basement. Inside the rooms, there is no recording system, DVR to prevent intrusion.
Basement D67 (Central Military Commission basement) was built in 1967 along with House D67. It is 9m deep, built solidly to protect from bombs. It has three floors of stairs.
The southern stairs are connected to the Dragon House; the two northern stairs are connected with House D67. This was the meeting place of the Politburo and Central Military Commission in necessary cases and is an important part of the structure of House D67.
House D67 is a simple military structure but has very high usage value. In seven years, the house provided a safe place for the commanders in chief to work, plan policies and direct the successful implementation of the final phase of the resistance war against the US. House D67 is one of the precious military cultural relics under Ho Chi Minh era in the 20th century.
HERITAGES OF VIETNAM