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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
04-824-6358
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #15 of 96 Attractions in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence 2014
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: This recommendation to travelers to Hanoi is a new book published by Yale University Southeast Asia Studies called Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton Stories.   The... more »
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 1, 2014 NEW via mobile

If you win the war you write the history albeit that this place is quite clearly barbaric. It is a place of horror, torture and murder. It was one of the best preserved places of history in Hanoi outside anything to do with Ho Chi Minh. Well worth the visit.

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Bangkok, Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 31, 2014 NEW

The only thing I feel from this place are the hate of revolutionaries toward France and US army and the scariness of prison.

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london
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Quite large and maintained relatively well. Interesting to see how the bad French terrorized and tortured the Vietnamese, but how nice the Vietnamese were toward the Americans. They played games, had parties, made Christmas trees, from the looks of it it was essentially a summer camp. An Irish girl came up to us, pointed, and asked "is that true?" Umm,... More

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 30, 2014 NEW

Well worth a visit - a lot of Propaganda about the American war, but I guess propaganda is all a matter of perspective. Some good videos

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

It's a very sad insight into the paranoia that colonists feel that they need to create such a place - particularly the guillotine... Interesting to see the apparent contrast of how the Vietnamese treated the American pilots they kept there... Worth a visit

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Port Fairy, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 29, 2014 NEW

Despite dozens of trips to Hanoi this was the first time I had visited the prison. Memorable and should be a must do on your visit plans, an early start is recommended!

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Kuala Lumpur, Kuala Lumpur, Malaysia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2014 NEW

Firstly the prison was well maintained. Going through the prison was an interesting and humbling experience

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horsham
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2014 NEW

We visited here in our stay in Hanoi. The focus is mainly on the Vietnamese prisoners imprisoned by the French. The info is a little biased but you can see through some of that - one persons freedom fighter is another's terrorist! There is also a small section on the US airmen imprisoned here in the Vietnam war.

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Dublin, Ireland
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

The Hilton as the prison has been dubbed is worth a visit if you have the time, however if you are short on time there are plenty of better attractions to focus on. The fee is low , and you can complete the visit in less than an hour. Don't leave it too late to visit as the museum closes... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2014

A grim and grisly reminder of events from the fairly recent past. Worth visiting to get some feel for the way that war was and is regarded by the winning side

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