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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 #16 of 103 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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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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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Worth a visit interesting but also a bit depressing. Gives you an overall view of Vietnam war with USA and the mility personal they capture

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

Not an easy place to find and when asking for directions one guy was very unhelpful and told us it wasn't in the area where we asked him - it turned out to be up the road from where he was stood ! A fascinating place and a salutory reminder of the what happened during the Vietnam War. It is... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 19, 2014 NEW

this place has many stories around vietnam war period. there is also an author which is vietnamese write about it and donate to yale uni.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 18, 2014 NEW

The prison had a dark atmosphere in some of the rooms displaying life-sized figures of Vietnamese prisoners in cells and you get a sense for how the prison was used through history (by the French and later to house POWs during the Vietnam-American War. The monument outside in the back courtyard is quite beautiful and a reminder of the effects... More

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

The prison is just outside the old quarter and easily accessed by taxi or even on foot. Not all of the old prison remains but plenty to see and the exhibits are well worth a visit. Many references are to the 'American' War and is certainly presented purely from a Vietnamese perspective which is not surprising. Photos, letters and clothing... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 16, 2014 NEW

Maybe this is deliberate but the museum felt very dark and creepy. Kids who like gruesome stuff will love this, lots of mannequins populate the tiny prison cells. There's a dungeon and a fantastic lit up model showing that once the prison covered an entire city block. Unfortunately the Somerset Grand Hanoi Hotel now towers over the scant remains of... More

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Great place to see but go through with open mind. Like all displays in Vietnam very political views given. It shows how the human race can be so cruel.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

The prison is easy to walk to and offers a great insight into the Vietnam history you only need an hour or two but it's well worth the look and makes a change to the normal tourist trips

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed April 15, 2014 NEW

Very educational.... left the museum knowing and understanding a lot more about the conflicts in Viet Nam's History.

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