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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

The prison was built by the French to incarcerate the Vietnamese political prisoners and later used by the North Vietnamese for the American POWs. John McCain was amongst these prisoners and later became an American Senator. The place was once very big but most of...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Irmi C
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Old French prison called “maison central” operational during French domination and American intervention. Heart breaking history and sad place. Now operating as a museum. Should be visited. Takes about 2 hours.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank AsliHanGedik
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

The jail itself is very known to us from the documentaries about the Vietnamese war. It was the place we’re the American pilots were held; The famous Hanoi Hilton. Visiting the place you will learn about its history which started in the 19th century. Only...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank manolisk325
Reviewed 2 days ago

One of the best place to visit in hanoi...very Informative and it's a good place for young generation to learn more about Vietnam War

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank glugorian1972
Reviewed 3 days ago

This former prison gives a good image about the treatment of political prisons during the French occupation. American pilots (POW) during the Vietnam war have room in the exhibition, too. The whole set-up is more or les one-sided.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank PerttiHar
Reviewed 3 days ago

The exhibits and historical insights throughout the museum are very good, but I especially enjoyed reading through the history of the Vietnamese fight for independence from foreign powers. Lots of information there, and presented from a (very) Vietnamese perspective.

Date of experience: November 2018
Thank Jester0479
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

The Hoa Lo Prison was recommended to us by the hotel staff we were staying with, and it was a great introduction to the history of Hanoi. It was a bit busy when we went, but you don’t even notice it because the prison is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank stephaniewalden1992
Reviewed 5 days ago

The prison itself is quite bare, which I suppose was how the prison looked back in the day. You walk through the different rooms and are shown various torture methods and conditions are described - it must have been very bleak but a lot is...More

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank Richie D
Reviewed 5 days ago via mobile

Interesting museum. Well put together with a range of different exhibits. Staff need some customer service training, however.

Date of experience: December 2018
Thank rhubarbandcustard6
Reviewed 1 week ago via mobile

the Vietnamese people really suffered from the colonization and despite everything they knew how to get up each time in spite of the sufferings endured in this prison. From this prison came the greatest leaders of the country.

Date of experience: December 2018
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Tori C
21 November 2018|
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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
13 February 2018|
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No it is not