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Old French prison called “maison central” operational during French domination and American intervention. Heart breaking history and sad place. Now operating as a museum. Should be visited. Takes about 2 hours.
The jail itself is very known to us from the documentaries about the Vietnamese war. It was the place we’re the American pilots were held; The famous Hanoi Hilton. Visiting the place you will learn about its history which started in the 19th century. Only...More
This former prison gives a good image about the treatment of political prisons during the French occupation. American pilots (POW) during the Vietnam war have room in the exhibition, too.
The whole set-up is more or les one-sided.
The exhibits and historical insights throughout the museum are very good, but I especially enjoyed reading through the history of the Vietnamese fight for independence from foreign powers. Lots of information there, and presented from a (very) Vietnamese perspective.
The Hoa Lo Prison was recommended to us by the hotel staff we were staying with, and it was a great introduction to the history of Hanoi. It was a bit busy when we went, but you don’t even notice it because the prison is...More
The prison itself is quite bare, which I suppose was how the prison looked back in the day. You walk through the different rooms and are shown various torture methods and conditions are described - it must have been very bleak but a lot is...More
the Vietnamese people really suffered from the colonization and despite everything they knew how to get up each time in spite of the sufferings endured in this prison. From this prison came the greatest leaders of the country.
A deserted prison that turned into tourist attraction.
Not very big place, able to finish within an hour.
Required ticket, non air-conditioning.
Quite a sad place to visit a place where locked up, torturing and executed of prisoners.
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/