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Hoa Lo Prison

Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-824-6358
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Ranked #12 of 90 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums, Sights & Landmarks
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Again a very difficult place to visit when you are faced with the horrific realities of how one human being can treat another. It is worth the time to go but emotionally challenging. Be careful of the uneven floors and stairs. I would not recommend this for people with poor eyesight as many areas are very dark.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Excellent job sharing the turmoil of the French Colonization and how the people of Vietnam fought to stay independent. See the second on our heroes who were shot down and imprisioned.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

What is remaining of the prison is fascinating, which even includes the original Guillotine used in the prison. However, roughly three-quarters of the prison has been swallowed up by capitalism (surrounding new development), very sad to see but this is Communism giving way to Capitalism. Hypocritical that throughout the prison, the Vietnamese explanations demonise the "French colonists" for building and... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

great memory about this prison ..you can see about histories during war in Vietnam ..Its nice to look but not nice to stay :)

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

A very interesting musuem that details the treatment of Vietnamese prisoners held by the French Colonialists. It details the horrific treatment they received and is quite thought provoking. The section detailing the caring treatment of US POW's is a bit of a stretch with pictures of Christmas Tree decorating and lunches.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

When I and my husband went there, we had lots of complex feeling. We realised that Vietnamese people had to faced up with many difficulties during the period of war.They had to suffer a lot of savage punishments from French colonialism. We also saw the way that Vietnamese treated well to American soldiers. After going to Hoa Lo Prison, we... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 29, 2015 NEW

Easily my favorite site in hanoi. Interesting to learn the history of the building from rhe French occupation and the human suffering and perseverance there. After independence, American soldiers were kept here under much better circumstances. The section detailing this is also very interesting. Overall a must see site while visiting in Hanoi. It's a short walk from city center... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

brought us back to many years ago, when Hanoi was quite quiet, empty and very few people on the street. Too much things changed now. You guys must see this place, you will have a better understandings about Vietnam.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

What a way to learn about the struggle for Vietnamese independence, and the horrific conditions that individuals who were incarcerated there had to endure at the hands of the French. Having been born and raised in the USA, I took great interest in seeing the exhibits related to the "Hanoi Hilton" era of Hoa Lo Prison during the Vietnam War,... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed January 28, 2015 NEW

We visited the prison known during the Vietnam War as the "Hanoi Hilton". A lot of it is recreated, but you really get the feel for the horrible conditions and torture that took place here. It is good for everyone to see firsthand what happens during war. Maybe it could bring about Peace.

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