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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Hours Today: 08:00 - 17:00
Suggested Duration: 1-2 hours
1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Slanted is generous. Some of the information presented is flat out false. Do your own research ahead of time about the imprisonment of Vietnamese under French occupation and imprisonment of US POWs during the Vietnam/American war. Then go and think critically about the way the...More

Thank Andrea S
Reviewed yesterday via mobile

Hoa Lo Prison should be must see place for all who will be visiting Hanoi. Very informative. So much to learn ... It actually makes u feel you are able to live that history.

Thank Muz73
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Lots of history behind this place, pre-dating the vietnam war. Worth a quick pop-in, cheap admission. I'll echo what others have mentioned though, as it is a bit of an eye-roll of how the treatment of American soldiers was spun. You'd think they were at...More

Thank Scott S
Reviewed 2 days ago

Gives you a good background of Hanoi and the conflict they've experienced with the french. The prison really allows you to walk around and experience things from the prisoners perspective.

Thank Neave R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

I have been in Hanoi for a couple of weeks now and decided to do the 'touristy ' thing and grab a couple of friends and explore some of the museums Hanoi has to offer. It is a stunning city with an in depth history...More

Thank LaraDay1993
Reviewed 2 days ago

I never knew how affected I would be by visiting this unique piece of history and learning more than I ever did at school what the prisoners had to go through and the what the Vietnamese had to go through. A story behind every cell,...More

Thank Carol-Anne E
Reviewed 2 days ago

The building itself provides a good idea of the French colonial period and the struggle for independence. However, don't pay too much attention to the numerous details included in the descriptions. Typically, the stories of the "brave and fearless communists" and keep in mind that...More

Thank Nicolas R
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

The museum basically shows a short history of Vietnam: the indigenous people that lived at the site of the prison, the coming of the French, Vietnam war and unification. It has a lot of terrible prison rooms which show the horrible condition people were kept...More

Thank Elise Q
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

Fascinating place. Exhibition is well put together with videos and descriptions in English and Vietnamese. Well worth visit and cheap entry fee (around AUD2).

Thank mannki26
Reviewed 3 days ago

Captures the life inside the prison throughout history when Vietnam was under French Occupation, as well as during conflict with South, and captivity of US pilots.

Thank SEAsiaVagabond
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Greetings from Malaysia! May I know how long it would take to visit the entire prison? Thanks in advance!
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.
How much for entrance ticket to get in there?
12 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
Stephanie C
What are the hours the prison is open?
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.