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Hoa Lo Prison

1 Hoa Lo St | Hoan Kiem, Hanoi 10000, Vietnam
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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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  • Very good49%
  • Average16%
  • Poor2%
  • Terrible1%
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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

This museum tells a story of French brutality. However, don't know how factual, however, lacks info on the Mc Cain period of the U.S. involvement in the Vietnam war. Depressing place and certainly the representation of a sad period in Vietnam history. However, must see...More

Thank Tony C
Reviewed yesterday

I found this to be an interesting site to explore. As the child of a disabled veteran of the Vietnam/American war I found this to be an interesting and emotional place to visit. This is a small, well kept facility and will only take you...More

Thank erinm512017
Reviewed 2 days ago

A reminder of the past. And the reality of history, of being confined and punished. Senator McCain was imprisoned there. And before that Vietnamese were imprisoned there, by the french.

Thank victoria216
Reviewed 2 days ago

This is a very interesting place to visit but can be quite an emotional experience. I felt quite saddened by some of the stories but was glad I visited as it was very informative.

Thank Dot G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting to see the history of this place. They did a great job at explaining the different periods the prison was used in and how. Still looks very authentic, with some well kept details from the French colonist time. So worth a visit if you’re...More

Thank Joppe G
Reviewed 2 days ago via mobile

Interesting visit to Hoa Lo Prison, nice to know details of a piece of history. A bit sad and scary especially when I passed by the small captive cells.

Thank nunzia b
Reviewed 3 days ago

One of those spaces where you can almost feel the bad vibes of what transgressed here. But interesting and impressive to visit. Do wear modest clothing (no sleeveless tees and shorts) as there is a memorial garden/exhibit for those lost in the revolution.

Thank Chanti24
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Well worth a trip here - really interesting history - would recommend that you visit with a tour guide or as part of a guided city tour so that you get the full commentary of the history here.

Thank Sharron H
Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

It's significantly smaller than I expected. But progress has meant that at least hospitals have now gone up in what would have been the open grounds of this place. It's interesting to see/read about its inception and how it was used by the French to...More

Thank Lorraine L
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Reviewed 4 days ago via mobile

Extremely interesting and would definitely recommend it to anyone ! everything translated to English well and it was very cheap to get in

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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.
13 January 2017|
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Response from pauline o | Reviewed this property |
30,000VND, as I said in my review.
Stephanie C
18 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.