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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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Important historic site

As an American veteran of the war, this prison provides important historic information on the broader history of the "Vietnam War" and shines light on the roots of that conflict... read more

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Ivins, Utah
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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed yesterday NEW

As an American veteran of the war, this prison provides important historic information on the broader history of the "Vietnam War" and shines light on the roots of that conflict. A very worthwhile place to visit.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

We visited Maison Centrale or the Hanoi Hilton, the prison many political refugees / prisoners of the French colonial era were housed and executed, and later US POWs of the Vietnam wars. It was an interesting experience of Vietnam propaganda. Having heard the very western or US view it was intriguing. I found it especially interesting to see the views... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW via mobile

Definitely worth a half hour visit. The Americans will find it intriguing to see the former prisoners and some of their stuff.

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 days ago NEW

Hoa Lo Prison was a short walk away from my hotel so I thought i'd pop in for a visit, and I am so glad I did. Although it was sad to read about the horrors of what happened at the prison, it was also very interesting to be able to see what it was like first hand. There was... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Being American, you would think the Hanoi Hilton is simply a Vietnam conflict building. That is not the case at all, there is more historical value to this location.

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW

We asked our guide to drop us off here at the end of a very packed day of sightseeing as it wasn't included in the tour. We found it very interesting (although the explanations are rather one-sided!). Felt it was definitely worth a visit if you have an hour to spare. Not huge but quite impactful

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4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 days ago NEW via mobile

Thankfully we decided to visit the prison museum, it was above and beyond our expectations. Indeed it was lots of grim with a depressing atmosphere. The preserved prison quarters and life sized models made a strong visual impact. Though the narratives were a little dramatic and one sided, this is expected of most museums. Given it's convenient location and wealth... More 

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

A great place to learn and understand history from the point of view of the Vietnamese on the past wars

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5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW via mobile

Beyond the propaganda and use of language such as emotive words in the description of artefacts, the prison makes you feel like you can only imagine half of what it must have been like for the captivated - and for that, it was even more moving. If you can go with a fluent friend/tour guide who can read/translate Vietnamese, the... More 

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3 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 days ago NEW

What remains of the prison that was called the "Hanoi Hilton" during the Vietnam War is quite small but we found this to be a worthwhile visit. This small prison museum focuses mostly on the history during the French era. It gives a good perspective of what the conditions must have been like during the time it was a prison.... More 

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