Hanoi Presidential Palace is a huge complex of buildings, located near Hanoi Bating Square. It was originally the Governor's Palace during the French colonial period. At present, it is the office of the President of the Vietnamese Government. The main building can only be seen from afar, but can not be visited inland. There is a huge fish pond in the mansion. The presidential palace preserves the simple old residence of former President Ho Chi Minh, which reflects his simple life.