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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%
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1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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Reviewed yesterday

Hoa Lo Prison was built originally to house Vietnamese political activists who were resisting French Colonial rule. More recently it was used to house American POW’s during the Vietnam War. Most of the prison displays focus on the Colonial era and by all accounts the...More

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Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

lots of history here pretty special to visit a prison where so many atrocities were carried out lots of exhibits and only 40000 dong well worth it

Thank Julian8345
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

One of the main reasons I wanted to travel to Vietnam was to physically see what I had seen/heard about the Vietnam War. I was in high school & college during this horrific time in our history and had a pretty slanted view of things....More

Thank Jan G
Reviewed 2 days ago

Wanted to see Hanoi Hilton which is near centre of Hanoi. Interesting tour of prison but felt some of the photos and quotes about US POW treatment etc might not be totally accurate.

Thank John1306
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

This museum offers a good history about the prison and the War. Obviously, the stories and exhibits are very sad, but I think the museum gives you a sense of what it was like during wartime. I saw veterans touring through the museum, which must...More

Thank Elle N
Reviewed 3 days ago

After 2 weeks touring Vietnam the war/museum baseline was high. Its easy to get to, but I would only go if you have time to kill.

Thank Ben S
Reviewed 3 days ago

An interesting perspective of what transpired in this prison and throughout the hisory of this prison.

Thank mcdmrb
Reviewed 3 days ago via mobile

As it is Tet Holiday during our stay this museum is one that is open. I was surprised at how much there was to see. Also there are a number of films with English sub titles. Lots on the American pilots that were incarcerated there....More

1  Thank VanessaRoad
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

This is an eye opening insight into the history of Vietnam. During our visit we learnt a lot about the impact of French Colonialism and the war with America. Some thought proving accounts from American prisoners of war. Entry is only 30vnd and you can...More

Thank Jenna K
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Historical place worth a visit. Bear in mind there is more to the story being told. The highlight for me was discreetly watching an old Vietnamese person pay his respect at the shrine and watch his ritual of respect. I wish I could have engaged...More

Thank Mark J
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February 13, 2018|
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February 11, 2018|
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Some of the material in the museum is very graphic. For instance, photographs of the heads of Vietnamese executed by the French and displayed in baskets around town to discourage other dissidents, the guillotine used to... More
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Lisa M
November 29, 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
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