Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison, Hanoi

Hoa Lo Prison
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8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
8:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
Suggested duration
1-2 hours
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Kibble992
Stotfold, UK56 contributions
Oct. 2020 • Couples
I really did not have much of an idea of what happened in Vietnam with the French. But this prison gives such a clear picture as to what happened all those years ago which when you put into perspective, really was not long ago. The treatment that those prisoners went through to try and get independence was so tragic.
Prepare yourself for an emotional experience, it is something which really will hit you.
A very good visit and very well explained. You can have a tour guide or you can read all the plaques on the wall which are in English and watch the videos throughout which explain it all perfectly. Fantastic trip and for 30000 Vietnamese dong it's well worth it.
Written 20 September 2021
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N21dx
Singapore, Singapore192 contributions
Feb. 2020
A very sad moment in Vietnamese History, of the events of the war and what went on in Hoa Lo Prison. Arrested US pilots called it the 'Hilton Hanoi'. You can see how prisoners were treated and how they lived in the prison cells. A good morale lesson on why we don't need wars and the why we need the whole world to leave in harmony. The tickets are 30.000 VND for entry. You can also purchase the 'Hao Lo Prison: Historical Relic' publication for just 20.000 VND. The publication contains interesting facts and pictures. There is a souvenir shop in the prison, the souvenir there cost cheaper than compared to official souvenir shops in the city.
Written 31 December 2020
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Tom R
Bilbao, Spain115 contributions
Dec. 2020 • Solo
At only 30k VND entry (50k VND for the audio guide, which is very good) this is definitely worth a trip to experience some of the horrors faced by Vietnamese prisoners during colonial rule.

I say Vietnamese political prisoners because very little mention is given to "normal" prisoners and even less about why people were in there in the first place. Regardless, the prison is quite disturbing and they've done a great job in recreating some of the horrors, whilst also not going for "shock value".

Any Americans who want to learn more about US captives will probably be disappointed. Whilst a lot of the audio guide is given over to individual cases, the framing is very much around how well they were treated. Somewhat at odds with what went before under the French.

If you can look beyond some of the propaganda (which is true of any museum about Nationalist heros) then there is a lot to learn and admire here
Written 11 December 2020
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k3iiferz56
64 contributions
Sep. 2019
Seeing first hand the Hanoi Hilton was very eye opening. You experience the brutal lifestyle of the people serving their time in Hoa Lo Prison makes you realize how much better life in the modern world really is.

French Colonial prison exhibit is what I found the most interesting. Seeing artifacts left behind, the guillotine used for sentencing, and parts of the sewer system in which political prisoners used to escape was definitely an experience.
Written 29 July 2020
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bhodgkinson
Preston, UK244 contributions
Aug. 2019 • Solo
A sobering visit to the Hoa Lo Prison is in order when visiting Hanoi. Although the original buildings have long since been demolished, the museum is a harrowing reminder of the atrocities that have taken place here. I would recommend getting an audio guide when visiting.
Written 20 June 2020
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Linda B
Raleigh, NC2,203 contributions
Feb. 2020
With the history behind it related to the "American War"...it was a site I wanted to visit. People of a certain age (me) know the story of the "Hanoi Hilton" as it pertained to captured US serviceman and their time spent here. I had no idea about the previous history when it was under French rule. Lots of history. Lots of sadness and pain for so many.
Written 2 June 2020
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amanda5805
Duncan, Canada3,896 contributions
Dec. 2019
We spent about an hour here which cost 30,000D a person which is about $1.75CAD. More if you want a guide or head set. Everything was labeled so I wouldn’t recommend the headset.

Hoa Lo Prison was used by the French colonists for political prisoners, then later by North Vietnam for US prisoners during the Vietnam War. The prison was demolished in the mid 1990s but the gate still remains as a museum.

This building house a lot of nasty history. There are many Exhibits that show how it was used during the French colonists & Vietnam War. Which including the guillotine room. Artifacts from prisoners are on display, including flight suit and parachute of John McCain.

It was very educational but very graphic. I was shocked to see people with small children.
Written 26 May 2020
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Traveler O
Washington DC, DC625 contributions
Dec. 2019
Heavy on the history of French colonial rule but scant info about the horrible mistreatment, torture, and death of U.S. prisoners kept here. All that remains is the gatehouse as the prison itself, which took up the block behind, was razed to construct office buildings and other modern structures within the last 20+ yrs. It's safe to say this is a part of history the Vietnamese want to forget as well, but it's unfortunate there's a gross omission of what really happened here. Take it with a grain of salt. Due to some gruesome pictures, best not to bring kids under 12 yrs old here.
Written 15 May 2020
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Mark S
Knoxville, TN106 contributions
Feb. 2020
Yes, it's among the obligatory tourist sites in Hanoi, this remnant of the old prison now turned into a museum/propaganda house. We visited partly out of curiosity--to see how things were represented--and partly out of respect for the US prisoners housed there, not least the late Senator and patriot from Arizona. It's an emotional experience, so much suffering, especially under the French; and also the accounts of the American war and its prisoners...very much contested ground, historically. Much food for thought here, but not a fun place.
Written 12 May 2020
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LisaEstella71
Adelaide, Australia778 contributions
Oct. 2019 • Couples
Came here after a tour of Vietnam finished. This was our spare day. Interesting history and sad. Not sure if small children should see this.
Written 14 April 2020
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