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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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  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
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Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
+84 4 3934 2253
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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I guess a lot of visitors over (say) 55 visit Vietnam to see aspects of the war they remember as teenagers. I certainly fell into that category. What I learned here was the brutality of the French Colonial Governership, which laid the seed of revolt...More

Thank jaycd2016
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Boyfriend and I visited for about 1.5hrs, thought this was a really interesting place to visit and learn about conditions for prisoners in the various wars. Thought the life size models of prisoners in the cells were particularly well done. Would recommend reading up on...More

Thank SBimler
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Quite a history here and worth a visit. For me the fact the authorities have taken the decision to demolish half and preserve the rest is a great example of a great city looking forward rather than back but remembering their history. And what a...More

Thank malcolm t
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Very interesting to see the history of Vietnam. You probably need an hour there. You can walk in the actual prison and see photos and read stories.

Thank sj9400
Reviewed 2 days ago

This museum shows what's left of a prison built by the French colonialists and subsequently used by other regimes including the North Vietnamese communist government. The sign at the entrance says "Maison Centrale" reflecting the French history. It is often referred to jokingly as the...More

Thank Stephen B
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

To walk from old quarter it's about 35 mins and you need about an hour to walk around the prison and then same distance back again. Costs 30,000 to enter PP. Nice little museum - harrowing and very against French rule back in the day....More

Thank n K
Reviewed 3 days ago

A very interesting experience. This prison covered many wartimes not just the Vietnam war we are most familiar with. Its alias of Hanoi Hilton was due to the USA airforce pilots being imprisoned and well looked after compared to other prisoners' standards (so the story...More

Thank Janet E K
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Although with a communist viewpoint well worth the visit . Very oppressive dark jail cells with horrible shackles .The stories of people’s lives are well worth reading

Thank Simone B
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

I have to admit from my Western perspective I had expected the museum to focus on the Vietnam war period of the 1960s & 70s. My utter naivety was swiftly shattered as the main focus is quite rightly on the repression of the local populace...More

Thank See-no-evil
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

So this place was built by the French for all the Vietnamese rebels and other activists to be kept in isolation and then sentenced to death,prisoners weren't even allowed to challenge there sentence and way they were tortured was gruesome and inhumane. They were all...More

Thank Nitin G
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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.
12 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
Stephanie C
17 November 2016|
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Response from RobertGM47 | Reviewed this property |
Hi Stephanie We were there last week. It's open from 08.00 to 17.00 every day.