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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 #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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Brighton, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

It's pretty small and pretty average really. I think there are better sights to see personally and I love going to places like this usually. Kind of glad I saw it, but wouldn't have been too upset had I missed out. Overall I would say this was middle of the road for an attraction.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 21, 2014 NEW

I thought this was pretty interesting. There are lots of rooms with information. If it's hot, beware that there's no air conditioning. It got pretty hot in some rooms. You can visit where the American soldiers were being held.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 19, 2014 NEW

These guys along with the hermit kingdom (north Korea) truly outdo themselves. I think I couldn't stop laughing all the way round as countless examples of French torture and oppression of the Vietnamese were quoted. Yet the similar treatment of USA prisoners by same Vietnamese were not admitted!!! It looks like a holiday resort for them :p. Keep it up... More

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

This place has a cheap entrance fee which makes it bearable. The truth in hear I think is rather twisted with a lot of writers creativity. Unfortunately a lot of the exhibits are written in Vietnamese or French so you can't read everything and the whole place is modernised so a limited idea of what the place was really like.... More

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Gainesville, Florida
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

If you are an American with a connection to the Viet Nam war era, interested in military history or the events that shaped Viet Nam, you should come here. Known to Americans as "The Hanoi Hilton", the place where U.S. fighter pilots were brutally imprisoned, the Hoa Lo Prison is now set up as a museum to what the Vietnamese... More

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Beverley, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Not much left of the original prison but still worth a visit to appreciate the Vietnamese view of colonial rule by the French and treatment of the locals - contextulises why there was such a push for independence and the rise of Ho Chi Minh to power.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Especially important for Americans who lived through the time of the Vietnam war. It give a different perspective on what happened and what the Vietnamese lived through and worked toward during the war years.

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Dallas, Texas
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

Learned quite a bit about the French occupation of Vietnam and the Vietnam War (called the American War). Definitely a good lesson in history but at times quite a bit of propaganda. But regardless would recommend a visit and it doesn't take too long to walk through.

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Daejeon, South Korea
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 18, 2014 NEW

To be honest, entrance is very cheap, so it may be worth your money. I'm not so sure whether it's worth your time though. The museum is inconsistant about providing English translations, which surprised me. There's definitely more than a whiff of propaganda too. Still, for those interested, I suppose it gives some insight into the Vietnamese perspective of history.

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New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 17, 2014 NEW

Very interesting, but some of the videos in the museum were not very convincing. Still, one learns a lot about modern Vietnamese history.

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