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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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The prison was built from 1886 onward by the Colonial French to house political prisoners. In its day it was the highest security prison in Indo-China. During the Vietnam War it... read more

4 of 5 starsReviewed May 26, 2015
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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

The prison was built from 1886 onward by the Colonial French to house political prisoners. In its day it was the highest security prison in Indo-China. During the Vietnam War it held American POW's. Most of the prison was demolished in the 1990's but the gatehouse remains as a museum. There are many interesting but poignant exhibits including 3 murals... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

Short walk from the lake, definitely worth a trip to see. History of the prison is well laid out with some interesting exhibits, covers several periods of political prisoners. Pretty one-sided but interesting all the same.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

This could have been a great venue with lots of emotional impact. But it's marred by lots of puffery and self-congratulation about the glorious, selfless patriots who fought the tyranny of the French and Americans. Yes, every nation gets to write their own history: Too bad the Vietnamese decided to tell their story in such dull and predictable terms

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Perth, Australia
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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 26, 2015 NEW

It was no doubt horrible times however, it comes across as very biased information, I got tired of reading it. If you have the time it could be worth a look, but I think there are more impressive things to see in Hanoi...

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

history of the brutal french colonisation of the Vietnamese people. As well as the prison to house US pilots captured during the Vietnam war who named it the Hanoi Hilton.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

A fantastic museum that gives you an insight into Vietnam's complicated history. From the brutal French occupation through to the incredibly humane treatment of US POWs, Hoa Lo gives a gives an honest and digestible account of its varied past. Well worth a visit.

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 25, 2015 NEW

yeah ...leaves little to doubt about why they fought back against white people ...the guillotine is a nice touch

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5 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

We decided to pay the old prison a visit. I'm so happy that we did. Although most of the prison has been demolished, what is left of it is really worth a visit. There is a great opportunity to see the effects of the war, the living conditions of the prisoners and the people who played an important role during... More 

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4 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW via mobile

This is a nice place to visit for the understanding of what the vietnamese has gone through under french colonial.

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3 of 5 stars Reviewed May 24, 2015 NEW

The visit to the Hoa Lo prison started with a Cyclo ride to get there what an experience (not what I expected) a must do for every traveller. The prison had a different veiw to the one that we in Australia had been told about, It showed the humane why the POW,s (shot down US pilots) were treated in the... More 

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