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Reviewed yesterday via mobile


Museum was originally the Hoa Lo Prison (now occupying 20% of the original prison's area).

Exhibits were eye-opening and evoked great pity in us for the plight of the prisoners once enclosed behind the prison walls.

Reading between the lines of some Vietnamese semi-propaganda, one will find this museum to be both fascinating and horrific.

Thank dominic_yoong
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Eye opening, a must see on your holiday. Nothing too grotesque or upsetting for young kids. The portrayal of the care of American soldiers was a little eye lifting, but whoever writes history can say what they want. Inexpensive to enter, great stop on a rainy day.

Thank Jana M
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Reviewed yesterday

A sobering experience to explore these dingy cells and exhibits. Now focuses mainly on the French treatment of Vietnamese down the years, a shock for first timers. I did notice less exhibits relating to the so called "American War" with some truly horrible cages removed where US POW's had been kept as punishment. A much less confronting tour than last time, still worth seeing.

Thank donmountford
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Situated behind situated behind the Hilton Hotel once a large prison has been destroyed and the portion of the present remains till today this person holds the historical Tales of the Prisoners of War during the Vietnamese as you walk inside the prison you can witness the dark cells of the American Prisoners of War who have been captured by the French Controlled Vietnamese soldiers during the French administration. There are also exhibits of the American prisoners and some photographs of the Ancient photographs, other utility items books, clothes , collectibles were kept on display, and the photographs of them representing the situations and the life of the person in this prison. As you walk inside the Museum to the other side you can see a guillotine kept over there and there is also a partition for the women prisoners and their are also dark and narrow cells which remains as a witness for the Prisoners who where imprisoned here. I spent about one hour visiting this museum and i would say it is Is really A Remarkable experience to understand the history of the Vietnam history.

Thank Ashwathram r
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The prison was a unexpected surprise. Lots of details about "Hanoi Hilton" where senator John McCain spent 7 years. You need to read between the lines of the vietnamese propaganda. Worth a visit.

Thank georgerY311YI
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

We walked to Hoa Lo Prison from our hotel it took about 15 minutes.
The displays were interesting and very informative.
There were displays relating to the French rule and also the American POW.
Signs were in Vietnamese and English.
We spent around 90 minutes.
Check the opening times as most museums are closed in the middle of the day.

Thank carolmB8923MY
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Reviewed 2 days ago

Any American of a certain age needs to see this. Very heavy, well set up. Find a guide to take you for more detailed stories, there are plenty to choose from. Deep experience

Thank niconelko
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Reviewed 2 days ago

This prison was started by French colonial powers to house Vietnamese nationalists, later North Vietnam government used it to house American POWs during the Vietnam War. Those American POWs nick names it "Hanoi Hilton". McCaine , who later became an American Senator was a POW here during the war ! It reminded us the South African prison.Very nicely kept.

Thank njan45
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Reviewed 3 days ago

It is true it is a tad hard to find - most likely as it now sits in the shadows of a large high rise hotel and itself is a shadow of it's former size.
The 'Hanoi Hilton' provides an amazing insight into the struggles that have shaped Vietnam today. The remainders of a guillotine providing a haunting look back to the past.
I never realised that former US President candidate John McCain had been a guest here having been rescued from the lake.

Thank Michelle S
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Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fascinating look around couldn’t believe how cruel the French were to the Vietnamese people. Good couple of hours spent reading what went on in this prison. Not sure how much of it is propaganda but nevertheless if in Hanoi it’s worth a look .

Thank lewielufc
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