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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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Victors write the history books. According to the present management they treated the captured Americans such as John McCain very well. Nonsense. And of course the captured... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed August 2, 2015
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Since I really enjoy historic buildings, I found this extremely interesting. There were many displays that replicated how prisoners were held, prison cells, and surrounding rooms.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Victors write the history books. According to the present management they treated the captured Americans such as John McCain very well. Nonsense. And of course the captured patriotic Vietnamese prisoners from previous wars were treated poorly, as I am sure they were. This place is worth seeing just to be able to say you saw the infamous Hanoi Hilton.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Spent a few hours here and walked from the old quarter. It's open all day unlike some of the museums which close for a few hours so be aware of this before you set out. Very good history of the prison, and they've kept the old buildings and cells which give it a real feel. Some funny fake people on... More 

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Enfield, United Kingdom
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Worth a visit. Displayed well whilst still retaining the atmosphere. Interesting to read about the Vietnamese and American experiences there.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

This place was extraordinarily interesting and a little confronting. It is quite a simple museum (don't expect high tech displays) and I think this adds to the authenticity. I visited early morning when it was quiet which gave me time to read to notes for the display and reflect on what happened in this place.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed August 2, 2015 NEW

Great to learn some of the history of the Vietnam War from the Vietnamese perspective. Definitely a worthwhile visit!.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

So pleased we went, very informative and eye opening. A definite must see when in Hanoi as gives a good insight into prison life at the time!

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

My wife and visited this museum because it was recommended to us by some fellow travelers. It was pretty cool to see the original prison and read about its history. I would definitely recommend to visit if you're a history buff but for my wife and I it was just kinda meh.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed August 1, 2015 NEW

90% of the museum is dedicated to the heroic communists who kept ideologically pure until their final breaths under tyrannical French rule. The remaining 10% was dedicated to the humane temporary housing for American POWs that the heroic communists "rescued." For me, this museum was interesting because it provided a different perspective of the "Hanoi Hilton." It was worth going... More 

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed July 31, 2015 NEW

A must to understand how the French persecuted the Vietnamese. Also you see how the captured American pilots were kept in Hanoi. Some you feel is propaganda because they show them eating Christmas dinner - what about the rest of the time?? Butyou can blame them because before capture the American pilot would have been on a bombing mission

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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-824-6358
Location: Asia  >  Vietnam  >  Hanoi

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