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Hoa Lo Prison Review

Originally built by French colonizers to house Vietnamese political prisoners, Hoa Lo prison later held American prisoners of war and was called "Hanoi Hilton," a name given in sarcasm because the conditions were actually quite miserable. In the 1990s more than half of the prison was demolished; the gatehouse was converted into a museum that highlights the cruelty of the occupying French but whitewashes prisoner treatment during the American War, as the Vietnam War is known locally.

    Contact Information

  • Address: 1 Pho Hoả Lò, Trần Hưng Đạo, Hoan Kiem District, Hanoi, 100000
  • Phone: 4/38246358
  • Cost: 20,000 VND
  • Hours: Daily 8–11:30 and 2–4:30
  • Location: Hanoi
Updated: 07-10-2013

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