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Review of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison
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US$62.00*
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Hanoi City Day Trip
Ranked #39 of 305 things to do in Hanoi
Certificate of Excellence
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Fee: No
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.
Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Spend probably about an hour or so here, you could maybe spend bit longer depends how interested you are in reading all the details.

Would definitely recommend visiting when in Hanoi to learn a bit more about the history, it was very informative and interesting to learn about!

Thank Tashasmith94
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Reviewed 6 April 2018

Well it's not like any prisons are particularly pleasant, but this on really elucidates how bad the Vietnamese people had it under French control, let alone our US pilots! A full on guillotine on display is that of the actual device that lopped off the heads of so many... quite creepy. But of course, only a small fraction of the actual prison remains, a skyscraper hotel looms in the very backyard of the place. Is the pilot suit on display actually McCains? Can't say for certain, but it sure is worthy of cringy thoughts... Do check this place out.

Thank Darth8r
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Reviewed 6 April 2018 via mobile

Very interesting look into the violence endured by the Vietnamese people. Amazing strength and suffering to secure freedom.

Thank Alison J
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

Well worth the visit even though most of the prison is gone. Be ready for the propaganda about the "American War", but very interesting history about the period when France ruled

Thank HappyTraveller5155
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Reviewed 5 April 2018

The is the famed prison that held american pilots (most notably John McCain) shot down during the Vietnam War. What most people don’t know is it was built in the late 19th century by the French and functioned primarily to imprison Vietnamese political prisoners up to 1954. Conditions inside the prison were extremely brutal at that time and few made it out alive. Once the French were ousted in 1954 the prison fell under the control of the Republic of Vietnam, serving as an “education” center for the revolution. During the Vietnam War the prison was used to house American pilots who had the misfortune of getting shot down. The current building represents a smaller part of the original installation. Walking through the exhibits you will see how prisoners were treated prior to 1954. The treatment of US POW’s is highly propagandized but you have to remember they’re telling the story from their perspective not yours. It’s hard to imagine being an inmate here. Several large scale exhibits illustrate prisoner conditions and the difficult life experienced by female prisoners. You can even walk into the solitary cells to get a sense of what that was like. It is a significant piece of history and, taken at face value, a good educational experience. Recommended.

Thank Curtis S
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