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“Lots of emotions live here” 4 of 5 bubbles
Review of Hoa Lo Prison

Hoa Lo Prison
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Ho Chi Minh's Hanoi Small Group Adventure Tour
Ranked #15 of 274 things to do in Hanoi
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Recommended length of visit: 1-2 hours
Owner description: Colloquially known as "Hanoi Hilton," this famous prison has been mostly torn down. A museum occupies the remaining structure.
St. Albert, Canada
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common_n_attraction_reviews_1bd8 13 helpful votes
“Lots of emotions live here”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 5 April 2012

This is quite the place. There is only a small portion of the original prison left and it is surrounded by high rises but that does not detract from what this was. It is hard to believe that a culture supposedly as advanced as the French could treat people as inhumanely as they did "only" 50-60 years ago. It would appear that the Vietnamese treated their American prisoners significantly better 20 years later. All-in-all, a very emotional journey one takes through these remaining buildings.

Visited March 2012
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“Definitely worth an hour of your time”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

An important piece of must-see history, including dramatic recreations of what it must have been like to be locked up in this horrible place the French built in 1896.

Visited March 2012
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Malmsbury, Victoria, Australia
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“emotional”
5 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 4 April 2012

this was an emotional place to see. it is a shame that the back of the prision was demolished to build a high rise but the garden is very sereal even though the is a high rie hotel on the other side of the fence.

Visited March 2012
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Sydney
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“Very interesting”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 3 April 2012

This was probably the most interesting thing I saw in Hanoi. Definitely worth the visit and better than the other attractions. More than anything I think it goes to explain the antagonism the populations has towards the west and people from other countries as a whole.

Visited March 2012
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London, United Kingdom
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“sobering place”
4 of 5 bubbles Reviewed 2 April 2012

Worth a visit to get a feel for conditions in this prison under the French regime; especially the treatment given to women; some as young as 14. Not too heavy, more a place of contemplation.

Visited April 2012
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