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Hoa Lo Prison

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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-824-6358
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
Description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly...
Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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This is a place with a tremendous sense of history and refection. Very moving and well done. Surprisingly, emotional.

5 of 5 starsReviewed March 5, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

This is a place with a tremendous sense of history and refection. Very moving and well done. Surprisingly, emotional.

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Walsall, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Most of this notorious prison has been demolished (to allow the construction of a multi storey hotel).but that which remains is sufficient to give a very good idea of the conditions that prisoners were kept in. Built by the French to house (mainly) Vietnamese revolutionaries. Well documented in Vietnamese, French and English it will take you at least 40 minutes... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

While I knew about the Hanoi Hilton I did not know that it had been for many years a French colonial prison with Vietnamese prisoners many of whom were dissidents or rebels. We had a guided tour but could have used an extra one half hour to spend reading some of the descriptions. This museum gives a quite chilling account... More 

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

Was interesting to visit but lacked display material. Don't expect to spend much time here but if you are stuck for things to do then give it a go. Easy to find.

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Amble, United Kingdom
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 5, 2015 NEW

The entrance fee is real good value at only around one pound. The prison more commonly known as the Hanoi Hilton through it's association with the many American pilots who were imprisoned there during the Vietnamese War in the sixties. The majority of the exhibits show the period when the French ruled the country. It shows many examples of the... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

As Americans we liked hearing some of the history from the Vietnam point of view. Seeing hoe the French treated their prisoners was disturbing. Along with the museum of war history one realizes how long Vietnam has been fighting.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

We went as a family, with kids aged 1-12 yrs. Although the experience was somewhat sombering, it was the most reading my 12 yr old son did the whole Hanoi trip, he was really interested in it. Good perspective provided on French and American periods of prison operation. Highly recommended for a couple hours.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 4, 2015 NEW

Once through the tall dark doors of this infamous 'Maison Centrale' built by the French colonial authorities in the late C19, you are in all that remains of this once large prison complex. There are lifesize models of shackled prisoners, tiny condemned cells, whips, shackles, torture instruments and a guillotine. Vietnamese political prisoners were held here by the French, and... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

This is the prison that housed the American pilots dubbed the Hanoi Hiulton. Much more of the museum is dedicated to the horrible way the French treated the Vietnamese people when the country was a French colony. There were 2 rooms dedicated to the time when the American pilots were "guests". They display the flight suit John McCain was wearing... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed March 3, 2015 NEW

Dont miss this tour.....it has excellent history that really isnt all that long ago. the signage was adequate in english. What we found was that Vietnam was good for a general history lesson.

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