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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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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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A Very Historical Place

This museum tells the story of the Hỏa Lò prison (the Hanoi Hilton,) from its use by the French colonists to imprison Vietnamese freedom fighters, to its usage as a prison for... read more

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

It took a while to find this as we walked but once arrived well worth the visit. I think we were a couple of hours there as so much to see and read. The stories are interesting and sad, to horrific but this is history! Well worth the entry of 30000 VND each (approx. NZ$2.00)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This museum tells the story of the Hỏa Lò prison (the Hanoi Hilton,) from its use by the French colonists to imprison Vietnamese freedom fighters, to its usage as a prison for Americans captured during the Vietnam war. It has a lot of exhibits and interesting artifacts from the prison, including John McCain's flight suit from when he was shot... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Hoa Lo Prison was a must see place in our trip to Hanoi as it highlighted the struggle of freedom of those who were captures by the French. Although it's a shame that only part of the prison is left (majority has been converted into a hotel), it was showed a very interesting and insightful part of Vietnam's struggle against... More 

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We spent a couple hours here. It was enjoyable and informative in English and other languages. No need to buy the guide book. What a horrific time for the Vietnamese during the French takeover!!

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Thank Sophie K
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is an interesting museum. Student price is 15,000 and full price is 30,000 which is a good price for what you get. The information is good inside the museum, which I haven't experienced in all museums in Vietnam. You can also get a guide if you prefer, which I noticed many groups did. Like many other museums the information... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

There is not a whole lot of this prison left to see, but there is a 3D model to have a perspective. It is not something that will make you feel good. This is the prison where the American John McCain was held captive. There is one photo of him receiving a health check. The message given was that the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A great way to spend a couple of hours. I enjoyed my tour through the prison, and the knowledge I gained. Very informative and helpful. I think they need to spend some money revitalizing the place though.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Worth while tour to explore the history of the brutalization of the communists against political as well as military prisoners . John McCann's pilot's uniform is on display and many other artifacts covering the war.

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Oslo, Norway
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

We wasn't really planning on going here, but I am really glad we did. It was an interesting place and much bigger then I had pictured. Really interesting to learn about the history of the prison, and the use of it. I would recommend going here.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Entry for a couple of Aussie dollars the prison has a wealth of information and displays from the incarceration of patriots during French rule to the release of American pilots at the end of the Viet Nam war. Extremely interesting and worth an hour of your time.

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