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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

This prison was quite a somber experience. The cells very small. John McCain was held here as a prisoner of war. There is also a guillotine, which was quite shocking. There are lots of pictures of the prison and prisoners.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Patty W
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

A sobering experience to what these poor people had to go through all those years ago. History is very important and the prison exhibition is well preserved. I would recommend a visit to learn about what happened.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Ian W
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Parts of this place can be confrontational, however it is an important reminder of history of his country to understand what has take place in the past . The building is well preserved and gives a very good insight . It will take 60-90 minutes...More

Date of experience: February 2019
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Reviewed 2 days ago

The propaganda in the whole story they tell is absurd and laughable. In this century all information can be found on the internet; One has to be very simple of mind to believe all these obvious nonsense. All communists are noble and the rest of...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Rudolf M
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

It was mostly propaganda museum to promote communism and how their comrades worked to liberate Vietnam from their French oppressor. They also showcased how well the captured American Pilots were treated nick naming the prison Hanoi Hilton. I am assuming that they are saying the...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Mimimi2
Reviewed 2 days ago

This prison has excellent exhibitions and displays mainly from the colonial era but also with John McCain and other Americans who were imprisoned there during the war. Well worth visiting.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank mkl68
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

We wandered through this prision it was fasinating we had 4year old child with us she asked lots of questions she said it was sad that people were kept in the dark. Great information if you have an hr or so and very inexpensive.

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Barbara T
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

I went into the prison. It was a huge disappointment. All about Vietnam being the bright star on the hill.

Date of experience: January 2019
Thank Gary G
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

A must see when in Hanoi. It is full of information about the various uses of the prison. It shows in detail the terrible conditions the prisoners went through. Walking distance from the Old Quarter. We spent 2 hours there wandering through and reading all...More

Date of experience: February 2019
Thank Feelfree1
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

As a westerner it was interesting to learn about the history from the other point if view. Entry was the equivalent of £1, deffo worth seeing.

Date of experience: February 2019
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17 January 2019|
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Response from sk6776 | Reviewed this property |
We bought our tickets at the door.
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Take a grab car service About vnd25k to vnd30k from old quarter
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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/ Don Mountford