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“Sobering” 4 of 5 stars
Review of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison
1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
04-824-6358
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Ranked #11 of 185 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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“Sobering”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 23, 2012

This is not a happy place and it is not for the faint of heart to see some of the exhibits. But, it is interesting and I would not steer you away from it.

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“Great place to visit”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 22, 2012

A great place to learn Hanoi's history and the bravery of Hanoi's man and woman that sacrifice for what they believe is good for the country.

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“Interesting visit”
3 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

Smaller than I thought, but I believe a good portion has been demolished. Interesting, but grim history. The guillotine accompanied by photos of decapitated prisoners at the side is a bit macabre. Difficult to sort propaganda from reality, contrasting horrific stories of French torturers and US bombings, with photos of smiling American POWs. Looking at the surroundings, I'm sure this was not a nice place for any prisoner.

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“Gives you perspective”
5 of 5 stars Reviewed November 21, 2012

The brutality of colonial prisons is well depicted. Being in the actual building gives you a clear picture of what it might have been like. Photos, graphic displays, etc. of Vietnamese prisoners and Americans.

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“Interesting insight”
4 of 5 stars Reviewed November 20, 2012

Worth the small admission fee, though if you have visited many other war museums etc. in Vietnam none of it is likely to be new to you.

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