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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 #15 of 99 Attractions in Hanoi
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Type: Historic Sites, History Museums
Fee: No
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Traveler Description: This recommendation to travelers to Hanoi is a new book published by Yale University Southeast Asia Studies called Hoa Lo/Hanoi Hilton Stories.   The... more »
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Hanoi
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54 reviews 54 reviews
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

An excellent tour with an informative guide taking us around the prison. To see the actual rooms and here the stories in the atmosphere of the prison was a chilling experience. Well worth visiting.

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Hong Kong, null, Hong Kong
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed October 1, 2014 NEW

Small, it is actually next to the Somerset Grand Hanoi. I think it was built on part of the prison property. Not much left, but has enough to get the feel of it.

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Great to find atricles told from the Vietnamese point of view. Easy to find, close to HK lake and cheap entry tickets. Nice Memorial garden.

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Wellington, New Zealand
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 30, 2014 NEW

Only parts of the prison facility remain and you do get a sense of its tragic place in history. However, it was not well curated with displays and information coming across as largely unprofessional.

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Barcelona, Spain
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5 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

This French built prison provides an essential source for understanding the colonial struggles experienced by the Vietnamese people in the Twentieth Century, both during the French occupation and the U.S. Vietnam war, in which so many Vietnamese gave their lives in support of Ho Chi Minh's determination to achieve a united and independent Vietnam. Of particular interest is the guillotine... More

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Phnom Penh, Cambodia
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2 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

I know that we shall not forget part of history (and even more the worst one to avoid it happening again), but this prison/museum is pointless. Cheap, disordered, shabby and creepy.. the only feeling you'll get from there is willing to escape as soon as possible. Only the small yard in the back looks more spiritual and respectful to me.... More

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London, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Easy to find in street. Bit of a maze of rooms and some can be crowded. Upstairs displays quite modern 'memorials' and wasn't quite sure about all the communist displays about the South China sea and the large pictures about the modern navy. Found what the French did more interesting and gruesome to see how they chopped prisoner's heads off...

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New York City, New York
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed September 29, 2014 NEW

Surprisingly We are a hotel employee sent here in an afternoon, it's just surprised the city center still retains the witness history during the war, many prisoners detained Where we do not go more and listen to tour guide recounts many emotions and thoughts about the war. We do not doubt the hospitality of this city and its people even... More

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Oxford, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

It's very small but if out in are interested in the war history it is worth a visit. Displays are in English as well as Vietnamese. I liked it better than the military museum and the mausoleum museum. Pros: learned a lot about the war with the French, interesting to see original cells. Two rooms on the American war including... More

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Birmingham, United Kingdom
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed September 28, 2014 NEW

This is purely based on personal experience. We found this quite an eery place to visit as the atmosphere was quite sombre. You do get a feel of how times were in here for the inmates. A lot of history about the place but not that much to see really.

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