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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
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  • Average16%
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed today via mobile

It was a great place to see another part of history! The staff was very friendly and kid friendly as well.

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Reviewed today

The rather large complex has seen a lotbof recent history. Many vietnanese were prisoners here during the french ocupation and tortured here. There must habe been many patriots defying the age of colonialism and the more recent use during the vietnam war when americans with...More

Thank Peter V
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A must do on out list. Very good place to reflect on what's not good about war and dictatorships. I found the experience of such cruelty confronting yet pleased we visited. Make sense?

Thank Meredith C
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Reviewed yesterday

This museum is very professionally arranged with clear explanations of what you are seeing. Most importantly it's an important opportunity to remember that history always has two sides. What was infamously known as the Hanoi Hilton in the USA was also a prison for Vietnamese...More

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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

It was interesting and fascinating to look around a place which is obviously fairly important historically, for the imprisonment of Vietnamese revolutionaries and of US PoWs. However, given the little research I did following my visit, it seems that a lot of how they present...More

Thank Kaladin T
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

I’m not a history buff but actually found this museum really interesting and engaging. A glimpse into how the French colonialists treated the Vietnamese. Shocking and worth seeing if your in Hanoi. Worth the 30k vnd entrance

Thank Nikki S
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I think it’s a must do in Hanoi. It could take around 1.5-2 hours to nicely walk around. You can read everything in English and also the staff speak it very well. Highly recommend

Thank End33
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Good overview of the prison with signs and most of the info in English. Glad we could leave and weren’t prisoners. Looks like it would have been hellish. Worth the visit, not expensive.

Thank Lance B
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Despite only the gatehouse surviving, this is a big building and looking round gives you a clear idea of the conditions that inmates would have to endure, as well as explaining the history around the period the prison was in use from the late 1800s...More

Thank D0ug101
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

This museum was 30k to enter and was well worth it. A good explanation of what the prison has been used for over time with many exhibits and short videos around the place. Very informative and straight to the point. Maybe not suitable for children...More

Thank Megan E
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mdningbo
February 12, 2018|
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November 29, 2017|
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You can certainly do this by yourself. We chose a half day city tour that included the prison and other important landmarks in Hanoi. The benefit was that we had an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and... More
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