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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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Ranked #13 of 91 Attractions in Hanoi
Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums, Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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Melbourne, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW via mobile

The atmosphere is eerie as the route goes from room to room, from cell to cell. It's amazing to see John McCain's flight suit.

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Derwood, Maryland, USA
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

We went here to see "The Hanoi Hiton." Much of it has been taken down and what remains seems to mostly be devoted to showing how the French tortured the Vietnamese. The rooms were were most interested had no electricity that day so we missed most of the display of where the American pilots where held captive during the Vietnam... More 

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Kfar Saba, Israel
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 20, 2014 NEW

Better known for its Vietnam War nickname "Hanoi Hilton", it actually is more of a documentation of the French Colonial period and how they treated the local population with only one section relating to the American POWs

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The displays mostly focus on the French with some on the imprisonment of the airmen from the Vietnam war. Interesting movies which depict them being treated like very well celebrating Christmas and playing ball in the yard. As sanitized as the place was I could still feel a chill in the halls and cells. A must see

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Fethiye, Turkey
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed December 19, 2014 NEW

The prison is a must see place in Hanoi. It shows you the history of when the cruel French invaders built an and tortured the people and the Way they treated the Americans with kindness during the war, an amazing people.... !

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Los Angeles, California
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

There were enough descriptions written in English which enhanced my understanding. There was an audio option near the start of the self-guided tour.

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Sydney, Australia
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 18, 2014 NEW

The prison is very interesting to wander through. A must to do when in Hanoi, learn about and understand the history of the City you are staying in. We had 5 kids aged between 10 yrs and 17 yrs with us, they all found the prison very informative and a great insight to the American / Vietnamese war.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The location is convenient to the Old Quarter and the self-guided visit was interesting, even if steeped in propaganda. The most distressing part included the alleged treatment the French colonialists imposed upon prisoners. The comparative treatment of US POWs during the Vietnam war was quite a contrast.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

Very good only because of the sadness of the reason for its existence. Though I'm a Viet Nam Vet, I wasn't inclined to visit here. But being so near, I decided to show my wife the world I came from. The history did not focus only on the American pilots imprisoned there but also the earlier incarcerations and executions during... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed December 17, 2014 NEW

The prison is worth a visit, it is an important part of Vietnamese history and absolutely interesting. Enough information is provided, through text, images, sound and statues. Be prepared however for twisted truth/shameless subjectiveness. The prison was lastly used in the Vietnam war to keep American POW's. These are stated to be treated as well as Vietnam could provide. They... More 

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