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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 yesterday via mobile

The human sculptures may be a bit unrealistic but the exhibits are well captioned in English and gives you a clear picture of the awful way that prisoners were treated. Definitely worth the visit if you’re interested in history.

Thank dlam626
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

This is a must see in Hanoi. The prison primarily focuses on the French occupation of Vietnam with a smaller amount of attention given to the US POWs held here. From what I have read, the US POW’s name for this prison, ‘The Hanoi Hilton’...More

Thank PercyBlakeney63
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Came here to find out why it is called Hanoi Hilton. Interesting place to find out about the history of Hoa Lo Prison. Recommended to spend some time watching the videos to understand more about the history.

Thank Koinsg
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I really encourage visitors to come here to learn more about the history of this country and to see the struggles it has been through. While only about a third of the prison still exists, it is full of interesting images, displays and reading. Allow...More

Thank dkwishy
Reviewed 2 days ago

Nice name for the Infamous ' Ha Noi Hilton' it was the central prison in Hanoi built during French Regime and used as a central oppression center against Vietnamese rebels who wanted to overthrow the oppressive French rulers. During the US-Vietnam war, it also became...More

Thank Dumos
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I spent there about 2 hours walking between the prison cells , you can inform avout thehistory of Hanoi prison and the use while the vietnam war. I dont think this site is "Must" to visit, if you have couple of free hours its nice...More

Thank TamirM37
Reviewed 3 days ago

This is a fascinating place to visit, you will see how brutal the Frinsh occupation was to Vietnam, you also see were lots of US pilots were jailed after they plans were shot in the war. It sure worth visiting, lots of history

Thank Nabil E
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I would definately recommend this place, however it is quite harrowing. Worth the money. It tells the story of the suffering that took place.

Thank Riley1993
Reviewed 3 days ago

This memorial looks at the French treatment of the Vietnamese when they were in power. The Frence guilitone that was used on Vietnamese political prisoners is still there. There is a small display of the time it was an American prisoner of war prison, with...More

Thank Kathy H
Reviewed 3 days ago

Don't leave Hanoi without visiting the very famous "Hanoi Hilton Prison". In the States we have quite an "idea" of the Vietnam war but when you are in Vietnam you will realize like me that there many different things... This prison has a long and...More

Thank Bernard L
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Response from Greg B | Reviewed this property |
You can certainly do this by yourself. We chose a half day city tour that included the prison and other important landmarks in Hanoi. The benefit was that we had an English speaking guide who was very knowledgeable and... More