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Vietnam Sights

Hoa Lo Prison

  • 1 Pho Hoa Lo Map It
  • Hoan Kiem District
  • Fodor's Choice

Updated 03/16/2015

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Originally built by French colonizers to house Vietnamese political prisoners, Hoa Lo prison later held American prisoners of war and was called the "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.

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1 Pho Hoa Lo, Tran Hung Dao,, Hanoi, Vietnam

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Sight Details:

  • 20,000d
  • Daily 8–11:30, 2–4:30

Updated 03/16/2015


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