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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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My friend and I visited the prison having not studied the Vietnam war in any detail at school. The prison itself was in good condition, containing lots of artefacts, and also had... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 28, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

My friend and I visited the prison having not studied the Vietnam war in any detail at school. The prison itself was in good condition, containing lots of artefacts, and also had lots of models/sound effects recreating the life of the prisoners. However, having possessed little in-depth knowledge of the Vietnam War, we feel that we would have benefited from... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

it was very interesting to see part of the old prison. There's lots of items from the Vietnam war and the French colonialist regime in Vietnam.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 28, 2015 NEW

It's old and a bit shabby but worth a visit and a fascinating museum. You get a great insight into the Vietnam experience over the last century.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

If you want to know more about vietnamese history, this will be a place to visit. I can feel part of vietnamese history, how painful it was, how strong the soldiers were during Vietnam war. Eventhough it's a little bit hard to understand everything since we didn't have a tourguide, but it's still a good place to visit in hanoi

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A slightly harrowing visit if you try hard to emphasise with those who experienced time there! But well worth it. Suitable for all ages, this shows the struggles the Vietnamese went through when under French Colonial rule, and the horrible conditions they were kept it. It also highlights the strength of spirit of those incarcerated there. A must see for... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Fascinating tale of history. Regardless of what side you are for or on, what angle you look at, you can not deny a certain powerful point of view of this museum. It reminds me a little bit of the Carnavalet without those beautiful courtyards. One thing comes across for sure: life of a Vietnamese during colonial time is worth next... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

Interesting experience, especially for an American tourist. Though not all the displays are 1:1 with the understanding of the events, still a good experience and well kept displays

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 27, 2015 NEW

A must visit place in Hanoi - helps one understand the freedom struggle and also the atrocities which were subjected to the locals.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

only part of the prison still exists, however worth the time to visit as there is re model of the prisoners in the original cells and this makes it easier to vision what the prisoners endured as in space wise , only need 1 hour to visit as it is not a big place

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 26, 2015 NEW

The museum is a great insight into the lives of the Vietnamese that were imprisoned there. Great exhibitions, films, and real life artificers really hit home

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