The artifacts and remnants are very informative on the details of the War. Though it was a depressing journey towards every chamber knowing people suffered and even died on the same grounds..
i highly recommend this museum. it was very interesting to see the cells, the guillotine and the photos and artifacts, although it's depiction of life within the prison was pretty obviously bias. the museum really stressed how horrible the treatment of the Vietnamese were during the French colonization but acted as though the American POWs were essentially at summer camp.... More
The Hanoi Hilton was latterly used for American prisoners of wars, and before that Vietnamese dissidents - or at least those who did not agree with the then ruling powers. Personally I found it a sobering experience, illustrating how cruel one man to other men can be.
I visited the "Hanoi Hilton" originally 20 years ago, when entrance was forbidden and it was illegal to even take a picture of the outside of the prison. Five years later, on a return visit, my husband and I were allowed to tour the inside. Very interesting....saw John McCain's cell, saw how the Americans lived here (pretty awful!). Today, they... More
I was really wanting to see the prison, but I was disappointed when I got there. My poor husband was dragged along and hated that it was worse than he was anticipating. The propaganda on the Vietnamese side is a joke. Honestly, it wasn't worth my time.
This was a highlight of Hanoi. Turns out John McCain was actually imprisoned here for a while. It showed the Vietnamese perspective of the war in regards to the soldiers, and don't be fooled about their 'nice' treatment, but remember what America did.
While interesting, the museum shows only one side of the story in the case of the American prisoners. It was depicted as a place where all that the prisoners did there was play chess and basketball.
This is a very affordable (about 1USD/person) tourist site known to Americans as the "Hanoi Hilton." As an American, I was surprised to learn about the history of the prison prior to the American conflict with Vietnam. Only a portion still remains, but the exhibits were very thorough and had some disturbing images. On the day we visited, the electricity... More
Interesting to see and learn about the history of this site. Worth the trip and enlightening. Amazing how the inmates survived and how they managed to escape though the sewers. Feel sorry for the children that were born there. Sad but people need to know what went on there.
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