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“Do not believe all you see!”
Review of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison
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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.
Melbourne
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“Do not believe all you see!”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

The propoganda was an issue, circumstances were portrayed very differently to those imprisoned by the French to those imprsoned by the Vietnamese.

Visited October 2012
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Mermaid Waters, Australia
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“Sad history”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

A real eye opener with an unguided look around the old prison. Each of the rooms you walk through has pictures and accounts of life as it was, with dummies in specific positions of daily life and torture. It only cost Aus$1 entry and took about 45mins at your own leisure. About 10mins walk from our hotel near cathedral.

Visited October 2012
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Seattle, Washington
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“Hanoi Hilton”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

The prison is worth visiting. It mainly focuses on the time the French controlled the prison (1880's until 1954) an how poorly Vietnamese political prisoners were treated. Even displaying the guillotine they used. The area covering the "American War" continues the war time propaganda about how well the American flyers were treated. What's left of the prison definitely makes an impression and deserves an hour or so.

Visited November 2012
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Seoul, South Korea
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“Hanoi Hilton!”
Reviewed November 15, 2012

Known locally as the "Hanoi Hilton", the ex-prison is an interesting place to visit. The prison used to house patriots and revolutionary fighters in awful conditions, before it became a place of detention for criminal offenders and American pilots whose planes had been shot down over Vietnam. You can see the old cells, complete with leg irons, the guillotine and many exhibits showing what the prisoners wore and ate, etc. There is also a memorial garden at the rear of the prison. Two thirds of the prison were demolished in 1993, so you are only seeing the SE corner of the original site.

Visited October 2012
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Noosa, Australia
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“Easy to find”
Reviewed November 14, 2012

For around 20,000 Dong this is well worth a visit, it gives a real insight into the living conditions & disciplinary actions that were taken out on the inmates. Real size dummies add to the authenticity.

Visited November 2012
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