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“Informative and interesting”
Review of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison
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Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour
Ranked #16 of 278 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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“Informative and interesting”
Reviewed September 26, 2013

One of the better museums to visit in Hanoi. Much more informative than both the Military History/Army Museum and the disappointing Ho Chi Mihn Museum, and cheaper, although you do have to bear in mind it leans heavily towards the Vietnamese side of the story.

Visited September 2013
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“Interesting worth a look”
Reviewed September 25, 2013

Well presented representations of prison life through the French colonial period and the 'American' war.

Visited September 2013
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“A moving experience”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

this museum is very well done and especially the pictures speak more than a thousand words. It was very moving to me to learn about the atrocities done to the local Vietnamese "rebels" by the French colonial authorities and to learn about the courageous Vietnamese women held there.

Visited December 2012
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“Very Interesting - But Take A Guide”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

We visited here as part of a city tour round Hanoi. We all found the prison very interesting but that was in part down to our guide who explained what life was like in the prison. Yes it is very one sided but a fascinating place all the same.

Visited September 2013
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“Reflection on History”
Reviewed September 24, 2013

If you have an hour or two whilst in Hanoi it's worth a visit. The information provided is enough for you to feel what the prisoners experienced whilst also giving the other side of the American POW pilots and how they were treated: opposite ends of the scale. The courtyard mural is symbolic of the cruelty received by the prisoners.

Visited September 2013
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