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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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8:00 pm - 5:00 pm
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Sun - Sat 8:00 pm - 5:00 pm
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...

Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.

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The Hao Li prison is worth a visit when you're interested in the history of war. The tour trough the prison brings you back in time and give you the shivers. It isn't expensive so... read more

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The Hao Li prison is worth a visit when you're interested in the history of war. The tour trough the prison brings you back in time and give you the shivers. It isn't expensive so take a visit and read about the history.

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Thank Bart D
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Very cheap to enter. Some english is written to help you understand the exhibits. There are interesting things to see - but so much of the prison was demolished to make way for the new buildings. It's worth a look if you're in Hanoi :)

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Thank Becsandcaz
Hanoi, Vietnam
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

Overall, well done. It's reasonably priced (at 30,000 per person), and there's a small English guidebook that they'll toss in for 20,000. It's relatively easy to find, and is a shadow of the former prison complex that used to be there, built by the French during colonial rule. Interesting audio-visuals at a couple different points during the course of one's... More 

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Thank Bryan H
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The prison was built in Hanoi by the French, in dates ranging from 1886 to 1901, when Vietnam was still part of French colony . The French called the prison Central House. It was located near Hanoi's French Quarter. Sarcastically it's known as Hilton Hanoi. Place is worth visiting asnd is showing political prisoners conditions in cells . Guillotine still... More 

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Despite the bias (for a respectable reason) this museum packs an emotional punch. It's worth a visit if you have nothing to do.

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Thank Andrew V
Sydney, Australia
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We visited the Prison in early February on our trip to Hanoi as it was only a short walk from our hotel in the Old Quarter. The stories of the male and female prisoners who were imprisoned for trying to liberate their country from occupiers are sad but also consistent with a resilience you associate with the Vietnamese people from... More 

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Not necessarily a "feel good" experience - but one that is important to remember and a valuable part of history. Many interesting facts and figures.

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This prison originally housed vietnamese prisoners, they were kept in horrific conditions, unlike the American soldiers who referred to it as the Hanoi Hilton, they were well looked after in comparison.

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I am not a scholar of Vietnam History, but I can tell you that a history of human suffering eminates from the walls of this place. An important reminder that we must not forget the past, but learn from it.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

To be honest, I was glad that I am not French as they get a lot of stick for their colonial methods, but the prison has a grim fascination, not least when you find yourself standing next to a guillotine. Might be a bit traumatic for small children.

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