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Address: 1 Hoa Lo St | Phu Khanh village, Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
Phone Number: 04-824-6358
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Fee: No
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been...

Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.

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Grim but interesting

We found ourselves here because the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was unexpectedly closed. Better than we expected as the exhibits are quite life like and do reflect the grim conditions... read more

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Hanoi, Vietnam
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed today NEW

It is such a great museum for your stay in Hanoi. It is quite small one as it ruined in war and just small place left. However, it is very well organised followed by timing and historical event related to them. All the information, videos are useful and clear. 30,000 vnd for what you get is nothing. Highly recommend this... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Can really recommend going to the prison. Very well presented with videos and explanations in English so we didn't need a guide. Some of the visuals were very confronting and moving - especially the memorial garden.

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Cairns, Australia
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 10 helpful votes
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

We found ourselves here because the Ho Chi Minh Mausoleum was unexpectedly closed. Better than we expected as the exhibits are quite life like and do reflect the grim conditions under which the prisoners were held. Worth the visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

A very interesting and well produced look into the history of Hanoi. We both enjoyed visiting the prison, and would for sure recommend!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Interesting to learn the history of the Hanoi prison. From it's formation by the French, to the take over by the Vietnamese resistance fighters, then to imprison American pilots during the Vietnam War.

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2 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Small as much of the building is missing. What is left is important to see, but mostly presented as original history of Vietnamese people suffering under French rule. Very sad to see. Largely ignores use as Prisoner of War camp.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

For approximately £1 this is a little bargain! The exhibition is cool and you can go into the old cells.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hoa Lo prison is a must see if in Hanoi . The death row cells are haunting. It is good to see the Vietnamese point of view of the "Hanoi Hilton" instead of just the American viewpoint.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

It took a while to find this as we walked but once arrived well worth the visit. I think we were a couple of hours there as so much to see and read. The stories are interesting and sad, to horrific but this is history! Well worth the entry of 30000 VND each (approx. NZ$2.00)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

This museum tells the story of the Hỏa Lò prison (the Hanoi Hilton,) from its use by the French colonists to imprison Vietnamese freedom fighters, to its usage as a prison for Americans captured during the Vietnam war. It has a lot of exhibits and interesting artifacts from the prison, including John McCain's flight suit from when he was shot... More 

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