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Hoa Lo Prison

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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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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed today

This was a last minute addition on our places to see in hanoi, but I think it should be a must visit. Gave an understanding of the war from the Vietnamese point of view. I found it very touching. The photo exhibition in particular was...More

Date of experience: June 2018
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Reviewed today

I went here because it was "The Hanoi Hilton" but in realty 95% of the what remains is dedicated to the cruelty inflicted on the Vietnamese people by the French occupation. A small room contained info on the US war prisoners (Sen. John McCain) with...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed today

Originally housing political prisoners during French colonial times. During the Vietnam conflict it was used to hold American prisoners of war. The prison was affectionately named the Hanoi Hilton by the US soldiers held there. Much of the prison complex has now gone, the remaining...More

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Gretchen A
Reviewed today via mobile

We stopped off here after several temples and made a nice change especially as the kids were done with temples. The prison has been mostly torn down now and only a 5th survives but it’s still very interesting and shows you how life used to...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hoa Lo Prison presents an interesting though sobre and heart-rending experience of man’s cruelty to one another - a human tragedy of grief which political greed for power that humanity inflicts upon itself. It depicts the internal strife and conflicts of the Vietnam wars. The...More

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The place is interesting for sure, and the guillotine is scary, but I would prefer to stay longer at the beach which is quite more pleasant :)

Date of experience: June 2018
Thank vasilyguangzhou
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Heart felt exhibition and access to the prison and its grim cells. Unbelievable to think what these people endured and a real shame half the prison was demolished but there is enough remaining to give you a real insight of conditions. A definite must see.

Date of experience: December 2018
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The Hoa Lo Prison was used by the French colonists for political prisoners and later by the North Vietnamese for U.S. prisoners during the Vietnam War. American POW's renamed the prison as Hanoi Hilton. This is where Sen. McCain spent 5 years as a POW...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Museum about the bad French history in Hanoi. Interesting to see, especially the cells and the informations.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Reviewed yesterday

I did not know the history of Vietnamese being imprisoned during the French colonial rule (including the area designated for Vietnam women prisoners) and so found that part informative. If you can look past the propaganda about how well the American POWs were treated, then...More

Date of experience: November 2018
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Tori C
21 November 2018|
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Response from donmountford | Reviewed this property |
Sorry Tori C, cannot help re the lacquer maker as I didn't look at the gift shop. I found several shops in Saigon District 1 that sell excellent lacquer goods and may be available vis the internet/ Don Mountford
13 February 2018|
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No it is not