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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 #14 of 99 Attractions in Hanoi
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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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Perth, Western Australia, Australia
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 19, 2014 NEW

We spent a couple of hours in here. There are displays of how prisoners were kept in the prison. It was built by the French and housed many political prisoners long before the Vietnam War.

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Auckland
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 18, 2014 NEW

Great insight into the horrific conditions endured by so many people. How can people treat each other like that?

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Chartres, France
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW via mobile

Lots of visual and documentary evidence showing how cruel the french treated the vietnamese for ex: prisons, prisoners,killing machine,etc. worth a visit!

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Woodland Hills, CA
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

For those of us who remember and lived through The War, this is a good place to visit... this was our 2nd visit, but for other family members they were surprised to learn that this prison has a much bigger and larger history for the Vietnamese people .. a bit one-sided in its presentations (!) but we had no complaints..... More

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Yorkshire
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

It was ok, but have visited better. We were not allowed to enter a room which was showing a video to other tourists but no idea why not.

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

If you are interested in history and war, then come here. You'll see how the war was like between Vietnam n France. Lots of visual and documentary evidence showing how cruel the french treated the vietnamese for ex: prisons, prisoners,killing machine,etc. worth a visit!

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Hanoi, Ha Noi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

should to visit to how is understand history Prison of french , recommendation to all traveller , so worry , i hate th war .

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Perth, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 17, 2014 NEW

I was first here in 1996 and the exhibition was a little more powerful maybe time has caused some of the exhibits to be replaced. Before you go however do take the time to read a little about the prisoners stories on line, as it is very hard to witness people exclaiming how well the american airman lived their lives... More

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Bangkok, Thailand
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit simply for this historical perspective.Limited exhibits and perhaps a limited perspective on much of what was presented. Actually made it interesting. This visit takes about 45 minutes to an hour tops.

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Canberra, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 16, 2014 NEW

you must come here to understand more about vietnam war, about the truth. if you love history. i feel so bad because of French's treatment with prisons.

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