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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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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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  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed yesterday

Attended with another family (4 adults and 4 kids). It is worth going if you are in the city and like delving into history.

Thank vmsrti
Reviewed yesterday

Well worth a visit. You experience initially the prisoners who were incarcerated for their beliefs against the French occupation of Vietnam and how badly they were treated. Conversely, when you move through the exhibition you see that the Vietnamese treated the American prisoners of war...More

Thank Cheryl L
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Also known as Hanoi Hilton, this museum is focused on the Viet struggle during the early years of French imperialism through the departure of the defeated American forces in southern Viet Nam. It is a somber experience with graphic exhibitions. It is not recommended for...More

Thank Erl C
Reviewed yesterday

Very interesting reading about the events in the prison and seeing the treatment of the Vietnamese by the French. Despite being obviously a very biased view from the Vietnamese, it is still worth experiencing. Many stories showing the cruelty of the French and how the...More

Thank srkahodgson
Reviewed 2 days ago

Prison steeped in history. It's not until you are inside you realise the conditions that prisoners had to endure. Very moving and emotional place to visit.

Thank Grant L
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

An interesting hour or so to wonder around, gaining insights into awful conditions for so many over the years

Thank Hannah C
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Aside from the brutal reality, the museum tells the story with some sensitivity and care which are not often seeing in other history museums in Vietnam. A complete visit takes about 2hours (reading it all and spending time to absorb the information) and it’s worth...More

Thank GiCremasco
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Yes torn down. History tells us that this prison covered more than 40 hectares now it’s a shell with one building. Not worth it

Thank Lawrence B
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Most of the old prison has been demolished. What is left contains a museum which concentrates on the French use of the prison in the the Vietnamese struggle for independence. There is a small section on use during the US war “Hanoi Hilton “ which...More

Thank Tim H
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

A group of us from a tour walked here from our hotel and were fortunate to have an excellent Vietnamese guide provide additional commentary and interpretation. Only a portion of the original French-built prison to incarcerate Vietnamese prisoners remains. The displays, in several languages, including...More

Thank SophieBlue09
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Lisa M
29 November 2017|
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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
Lisa M
29 November 2017|
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Response from yeowhong | Reviewed this property |
you can just do it on your own. it's relatively easy to move around in the compound.
10 May 2017|
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Response from Sinead S | Reviewed this property |
between 1 and 2 hours. I thonk the prison closes at 5 so be sure you go e yourself enough time.