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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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As featured in 3 days in Hanoi
Ranked #14 of 100 attractions in Hanoi
Type: Historic Sites
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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Sammamish, Washington
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Definitely worth a visit. Information is presented in English - the info about the Vietnam War is especially interesting.

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Brisbane, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 23, 2014 NEW

Good to see the other side of the story. Some of the escape methods looked intriguing and dangerous.

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Hong Kong, China
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

This is the prison (the "Hanoi Hilton") where John McCain and many other American pilots were held during the Vietnam war. We went looking for more historical perspective on what they call "the American war" - There were 2 rooms we found that had information / exhibits on this period, but the rest was focused on the French colonial period... More

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Adelaide, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 22, 2014 NEW

Had heard that most of the prison had been demolished with only a small part remaining, so was not expecting a great experience. I was pleasantly surprised as it was interesting & large enough to give you an uneasy feeling of what it would be like to have been incarcerated there.

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Vancouver, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Very valuable to see, but you have to keep your good mood. Guillotine, cells, tortures - what you can expect...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Unfortunately only some of the buildings of the prison remain today but what is there gives you a vision of the enormity of it in years gone by. The museum displays information and artefacts from the revolutionaries during the French resistance. The brutality and cruelty of the French is clearly depicted in the displays and information. There are also displays... More

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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

Interesting place to visit, at $1 to get in and an easy walk from old quarter it's worth the trip if you can stomach all the horrible stories of torture and suffering but an interesting insight into history, the history is given from the Vietnamese perspective and can be quite graphic. It didn't seem to have a systematic path to... More

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

I can't say it's an experience you can really 'like' but it was powerfully done. The section regarding the torture of the vietnamese by the French colonials is really not for kids - they have made it very atmospheric and it's pretty unpleasant. The section relating stories of the imprisonment of the American soldiers was fascinating - as much as... More

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Calgary, Canada
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 21, 2014 NEW

So this is the Hanoi Hilton. Call it what you want...that's what we know it as. John McCain was here for 5 years. Only 10% of the museum deals with the Vietnam War with the US. Most of it is about the imprisonment of the Vietnamese themselves by the French. And what the French did... well visit and you be... More

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DC area
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

The Vietnamese have made the prison area into a museum with staged exhibiits. There is John McCain's flyer outfit from when he was shot down. The history is well displayed and you get a good sense of the use of the prison from the french occupation thru the US war in vietnam. Worth seeing!

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