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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number:
04-824-6358
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20:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 20:00 - 17:00
Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...

Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.

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Interesting history of this prison

This prison originally housed vietnamese prisoners, they were kept in horrific conditions, unlike the American soldiers who referred to it as the Hanoi Hilton, they were well... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed yesterday
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Not necessarily a "feel good" experience - but one that is important to remember and a valuable part of history. Many interesting facts and figures.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This prison originally housed vietnamese prisoners, they were kept in horrific conditions, unlike the American soldiers who referred to it as the Hanoi Hilton, they were well looked after in comparison.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

I am not a scholar of Vietnam History, but I can tell you that a history of human suffering eminates from the walls of this place. An important reminder that we must not forget the past, but learn from it.

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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 6 helpful votes
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

To be honest, I was glad that I am not French as they get a lot of stick for their colonial methods, but the prison has a grim fascination, not least when you find yourself standing next to a guillotine. Might be a bit traumatic for small children.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The most fascinating part is the blatant propaganda and 'Alternate Truths'. What I could not find out (but wanted to) is how the prisoners that escaped via the sewer (!!) cut through the metal bars>?

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

The Hoa Lo Prison (aka Hanoi Hilton) is sobering reminder of the price of colonialism and testament to the spirit of the Vietnamese people and their unending drive for freedom. Not a whole lot about the US servicemen imprisoned there, and what is there is one sided, but still very interesting.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It was very interesting and informative. I was glad we got to see this while here. The displays were done really well

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

As an American veteran of the war, this prison provides important historic information on the broader history of the "Vietnam War" and shines light on the roots of that conflict. A very worthwhile place to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Maison Centrale or the Hanoi Hilton, the prison many political refugees / prisoners of the French colonial era were housed and executed, and later US POWs of the Vietnam wars. It was an interesting experience of Vietnam propaganda. Having heard the very western or US view it was intriguing. I found it especially interesting to see the views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a half hour visit. The Americans will find it intriguing to see the former prisoners and some of their stuff.

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