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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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Spent about 1h to walk around this prison. Used my student card to get a discount (bring it along even though u might not be a student anymore; just look the part!) But it's not a... read more

4 of 5 bubblesReviewed 2 days ago
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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

My husband and I were in Hanoi for two days in November. We visited the prison and found it very interesting. We are American and so wanted to see the prison since it was a POW camp back during the Vietnam war. They had a section devoted to that. We found the rest of the museum very interesting too to... More 

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Very sad place but we should visit and commemorate people of Vietnam murdered by the French colonists.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Very interesting museum about this old French prison. You will get a good idea of what happened in the past. You can see how they treated the prisoners and how they were tortured. Not a place when you are light hearten. Its not only reading about the history, but they really put a lot of effort in telling a story... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Spent about 1h to walk around this prison. Used my student card to get a discount (bring it along even though u might not be a student anymore; just look the part!) But it's not a huge difference in payment anyway. Great way to see how the pow were treated. :)

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Although the majority of this site has been demolished they have retained a substantial corner including the main gate and entrance. Originally built by the ruling French colonists it was used to imprison, torture and oppress the masses for many years. During the US war it was also used to hold American Pilots that were shot Down. They nicknamed this... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although this was the main French Prison in Hanoi it has now been reduced in size and is a museum. The prison was still in use during the Vietnam War and a number of American prisoners of war were housed there. We had a very good guide who explained how the prison worked in the past and took us through... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Although much of the original building has been demolished to make way for development, there is enough remaining to get a good idea of the history. Originally called La Maison Centrale when under French colonial administration, it is perhaps more famously known as The Hanoi Hilton by the captured US pilots who were imprisoned here

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Very depressed after visiting this place. This place gives you an insight on how the prisoners were tortured. Not a place for the faint hearted!

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

It is always interesting to visit places like this to get an idea of a place and what has happened in the past. With any site like this, you are presented with the view of the people putting it together, but if you're not convinced about that view, there is always the opportunity to get other views. People have to... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Used by the French when colonising Vietnam and later by the communists. You can see how they treated the prisoners and a real guillotine.

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