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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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20:00 - 17:00
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Sun - Sat 20:00 - 17:00
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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A look back at history

Went in here just to see where John Mc cain and the American pilot had stayed while they were captured. There are pictures and captions to read and some video narration. It was... read more

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Worth a visit just to visualise how badly a nation can treat not only its own people but strangely held American pilots here during the Vietnam war as some kind of trophies. I know most countries have a shameful past when it comes to prisons especially our own! But this is well worth a visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW via mobile

Went in here just to see where John Mc cain and the American pilot had stayed while they were captured. There are pictures and captions to read and some video narration. It was hard to read coz there were a lot of people the television was small, hard to hear and hard to see. It is wise to let people... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

This was a very interesting experience, if somewhat limited by the fact that 75% of the prison was knocked down to build a mall. But still very interesting to see where so many US pilots spent long incarcerations during the Vietnam war. You should be prepared for some very slanted "revisionist history" on the part of the Vietnamese, such as... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

thought it would be all about the US/VC war but was more about the suffering of the Vietnamese under the French. Well worth a visit

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Go and visit this historic place of Hanoi. Unfortunately there is only a small rest of the whole area left but gives you an impression of the conditions the prisoners had. Entry fee is VND 30'000.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

I wanted to understand the war and what John McCain went through with other prisoners in this prison. It's no Hanoi Hilton only in the prisoners view. You'll have to read beyond the propaganda that is described here but anyone educated about the war will know better. Go. It's worth the time and visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

This is a must see for history and war buffs. It's unfortunate that most of the prison structure has been demolished. Restoration committee has done a good job in bringing the place alive with.

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Basically all that is left is the Gatehouse which is now a museum. Easy to get to and only 20 minutes walk from the Old Quarter and 10 minutes from the Lake. Interesting but concentrates in the main on the time under the French, rather than the 'hospitality' given to the American Prisoners of War. The communist version and its... More 

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

I found this to be a very interesting place to visit, full of information that gives a good insight into the very recent history in Vietnam. Reasonably priced and worth a visit.

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1 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Despite being British and not knowing a great deal that went on here, I did my research as I always do before visiting a historic sight. I have to say that the prison depicts a very different view of history to what I have read about. I would say 80% of the prison is dedicated to portraying the abuse that... More 

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